A Tasmanian man who shot his friend in an execution-style killing, dismembered his body and disposed of it in wheelie bins will spend up to 32 years in jail.
Jack Harrison Vincent Sadler, 29, was found guilty earlier this month of murdering 24-year-old Jake Anderson-Brettner in August 2018.
Sadler lined a room in his Launceston home with plastic before shooting Anderson-Brettner several times in the chest, and when he was on the ground.
Anderson-Brettner’s torso was discovered in bushes off a highway about 40km out of Launceston several days later.
“This was a planned, intentional, execution-style killing,” justice Robert Pearce said during sentencing in the Launceston supreme court on Friday.
Sadler’s then partner, Gemma Clark, bought plastic, disposable gloves, goggles, overalls and a saw before the murder. She also bought cayenne pepper and chilli powder which was used to disguise the smell of decomposing body parts.
Sadler used a “chopping implement” such as an axe or knife to cut up Anderson-Brettner’s body. He then drove around Launceston with Clark and disposed of the body parts in bins. They have never been found despite extensive searches.
Sadler’s jail sentence was backdated to August 2018 and he will be eligible for parole after serving 20 anni.
Anderson-Brettner was last seen alive driving his Nissan Navara ute in Launceston on 15 agosto. His torso was discovered four days later, sparking a murder investigation and police and SES search of the city’s tip.