Warning: This post is shocking and could be too much for some readers.
These three women were killed in Victoria in the past 14 months. And their deaths have one thing in common.
Kara Doyle, 24, was shot dead at Avondale Heights. Her boyfriend, Mehmet Torun, shot her in the stomach with a 12-gauge sawn-off shotgun in the home that they shared. In the lead up to her death, they were involved in ”out of control” confrontations. He has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Saria Johnson, 20, was shot dead last April. Jovan Jojic, also 22, has since been charged with her murder – and with shooting another man in the leg – in the bedroom of a St Albans house while with a group of other people.
And 20-year-old Maddison Murphy-West, a young mother, was killed last October. Her 20-month-old son Noah is now motherless – and it is believed he was in the home at the time of her death. She was previously a victim of ongoing domestic violence.
The thing all their suspected killers have in common? Ice addiction.
All three of these women were allegedly killed by men who were addicted to ice.
The Herald Sun reported this week that the Victoria police has investigated 14 homicides in 14 months, in which the use of crystal meth by the suspected killers was considered to be a factor linked to the murder.
Senior Sergeant Iddles, who left the police force last week, told the paper that in the last seven murder cases he had been involved in, “ice has been the common denominator”.
“I’ve spoken to some of the people (accused)… They haven’t slept for four days. It makes their behaviour erratic, unpredictable.”