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Under Victorian law, prisoners can apply for emergency management days if they are directly affected by events that are unforeseen and of a special nature.

Wills’ sentence was livestreamed to allow the family of his victim, Raichele Galea, 44, to watch without attending court.

44-year-old Raichele Galea died after an assault in a house in Geelong in June 2017.

44-year-old Raichele Galea died after an assault in a house in Geelong in June 2017.Credit:AAP

He jailed the 23-year-old for 10 years for fatally stabbing Ms Galea six times at a Geelong unit in June 2017 “for no discernible reason”.

Justice Coghlan said it appeared Ms Galea walked in on a family dispute and said something Wills objected to, and he attacked her. Wills, his mother and his aunt were drinking alcohol, smoking cannabis and popping anti-anxiety pills in the lead-up.

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“The stabbing was of itself apparently rapid and random,” Justice Coghlan said.

“Raichele Galea has lost her life for no discernible reason. That is very serious.”

In the aftermath, Wills hid in a car boot for more than an hour, gave police a false alibi and tried to implicate his mother and aunt.

Both testified at his trial, but the judge found neither truthful.

Justice Coghlan found Wills’ intoxication was a major feature of his crime and did not accept the killing was a result of a robbery gone wrong.

The sentence would be of little comfort to Ms Galea’s mother, Margaret Galea, whose grief was profound.

“Her life has been altered dramatically by the loss of her daughter. It can only be hoped she’ll be able to see life more positively in the future,” the judge said.

A jury found Wills guilty of manslaughter and not guilty of murder. He has repeatedly denied responsibility.

Wills must serve seven years before he is eligible for parole.

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