Stephen Boyd was driven by anger when he killed his ex-partner, a psychiatrist says (file).A man who murdered his former partner and knocked their son unconscious with a wooden bat was aware of what he was doing during the attack, a psychiatrist has told a Sydney court.
Richard Furst gave evidence in Stephen James Boyd’s sentence hearing that the 53-year-old was aware of his actions and “driven by anger and possibly intoxication”.
Boyd pleaded guilty in August to murdering his former partner, childcare worker Tina Kontozis, in her Bundeena home in Sydney’s south in April 2016.
Ms Kontozis was beaten with a bat and stabbed in a savage attack lasting “a significant period of time”.
Boyd also pleaded guilty to injuring his then-17-year-old son Daniel Boyd. After the attack Boyd drove off to a bottle shop where he bought alcohol.
While in custody after his arrest Boyd wrote a letter stating that “everything seemed like a bad dream” and he didn’t know why he acted how he did.
But crown prosecutor Chris Maxwell QC told the NSW Supreme Court on Friday that Boyd was aware of what he was doing as he must have cleaned himself up before going to the bottle shop.
Dr Furst said that by assaulting Daniel and fleeing the scene Boyd showed some direction, purpose and awareness of the act.
The psychiatrist said Boyd admitted to drinking about 15 standard alcoholic drinks every day. He’d been “steady drinking for two to five years before his arrest”.
Boyd’s barrister, William Brewer, said the murderer bore the responsibility for not doing enough for his drinking problem and asked Justice Julia Lonergan to take into account his guilty plea.
Daniel, now 19, sat in the courtroom surrounded by his mother’s friends and family on Friday as his father sat in the dock.
Judge Lonergan commended Ms Kontozis’ family on their composure when giving victim impact statements in court in December, singling out Ms Kontozis’ mother who held a photo of her daughter while speaking.
The sentence hearing has been adjourned.