The victim-blaming law that needs to change.
After 23 years of abuse, Melbourne woman Julie Ramage finally worked up the courage to leave her violent husband.
Six weeks later, at their family home in the leafy suburb of Balwyn, Julie’s husband James bashed and strangled her to death.
James Ramage then took great care to conceal his crime: After laying his wife’s petite body on a plastic sheet, he shoved her corpse into the car boot. Then he buried her battered body in a shallow hole in the bush, denying her even the dignity of a respectful burial.
Ramage eventually confessed to the killing, Fairfax Media reports.
But he also claimed Julie had “provoked him”, a defence that saw his conviction downgraded from murder to manslaughter.
Today, James Ramage is a free man. He served just eight years for the sickening slaughter of his wife, and currently lives in a million-dollar home in Melbourne with a new, lookalike blonde girlfriend.
Meanwhile, Julie’s two children and other family members are left to grieve the smiling, loving woman cruelly taken from them 12 years ago.
The injustice in this situation is clear. And last night, a powerful 60 Minutes report shed a light on the so-called “provocation law” that allowed Ramage to quite literally get away with murder.
The law, which allows violent men to kill their partners and then use the excuse that she “provoked them,” was abolished in Victoria amid public outrage surrounding the Ramage case.