Tuesday , March 31 2020
Breaking News
Home / Victoria News / No more jail, just self-isolation for dad, 69, who shot daughter in head

No more jail, just self-isolation for dad, 69, who shot daughter in head

There are no known cases of coronavirus in Victorian jails but Justice Rita Incerti said the risk posed to Madex was an important and unprecedented factor in sentencing.

She found it appropriate he be released after time served and complete a two-year community correction order at home.

Tammy Madex.

Tammy Madex.Credit:AAP

“Your age of 69 years places you in a high-risk category,” Justice Incerti told the father of four.

“I am told that if you are not in custody you would reside on a 60-acre rural property and could self-isolate. This is not an option whilst in prison.

Loading

“I am told that the possibility of contracting the virus weighs heavily on you and makes prison a more onerous prospect for you than it does for someone younger.”

Madex and his daughter had been living in the same house at the time of the shooting. The judge did not say whether they would be self-isolating together on the rural property after Madex’s release.

Prosecutors conceded at Madex’s plea hearing his age and vulnerability made any jail term more onerous.

In the hours before the shooting, Madex and Tammy bickered as they drank together, during which she spoke of ending her life.

Madex later entered his daughter’s bedroom armed, she said, “Oh yeah, good on you.”

Madex fired from between one and two metres hitting Tammy to the right side of the forehead. He fled and called his son in panic to report, “I nearly killed Tam.”

He was arrested soon after and was charged with attempted murder but pleaded guilty to reckless conduct endangering life and possessing an unregistered firearm.

Justice Incerti said Madex’s actions could have been catastrophic for Tammy and the family. He was also very fortunate to retain the support of his family, including Tammy, who chose not to file a victim impact statement.

“Your action in discharging the shotgun so close to Tammy was extraordinarily reckless and cased Tammy injury,” the judge said.

“It is remarkable that Tammy did not sustain more serious permanent injury or death as a consequence of your actions.”

Justice Incerti also took into account Madex’s remorse and insight into his offending, and the efforts he made to get treatment for his depression and alcoholism, which worsened after his wife’s death in 2017.

If you or anyone you know needs support, you can contact the Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732), Lifeline 131 114, or beyondblue 1300 224 636.

Sign up to our Coronavirus Update newsletter

Get our Coronavirus Update newsletter for the day’s crucial developments at a glance, the numbers you need to know and what our readers are saying. Sign up to The Sydney Morning Herald’s newsletter here and The Age’s here.

Most Viewed in National

Loading

About admin

Check Also

Private hospitals chip in to help avert coronavirus overload

Premier Daniel Andrews said an “in-principle” agreement had been reached with private hospitals to help …