Killer who shot wife while she was sleeping jailed for 15 years

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May 16, 2019 14:36:41

A Victorian man who shot his wife of 44 years twice in the head while she slept in an armchair has been sentenced to 15 years’ jail.

Key points:

  • Alan Charles Gibson will be in jail until at least 2026
  • He killed his wife, Rosemary Gibson, after she threatened to leave him
  • He shot her twice in the head while she slept before turning the gun on himself

Alan Charles Gibson, 68, turned a .22 calibre rifle on his wife Rosemary Gibson, 62, the day after she threatened to leave him.

Mrs Gibson had told her husband she did not want to go travelling with him, and had threatened to leave him and take everything.

“That’s it, I can’t do it anymore, this is the last time,” Mrs Gibson had told her husband the night before the shooting.

Gibson shot his wife at their Airfield Road home in Traralgon, east of Melbourne, in the early hours of April 14, 2016.

He then turned the gun on himself.

The couple’s grandson discovered his grandmother before paramedics pushed down the door to Gibson’s bedroom and found him with two gunshot wounds to the chin.

Gibson was under police guard in hospital as he recovered.

Family violence support services:

He told police he had killed his wife and tried to kill himself, before being taken into custody on May 4, 2016.

He has been in custody ever since.

In sentencing, Justice Paul Coghlan acknowledged the “truly tragic” circumstances of the crime.

With time served, Gibson will be eligible for parole in 2026.

The court heard Gibson suffered from frontotemporal dementia, which was a major factor in Justice Coghlan’s sentence, along with his guilty plea.

Without the early plea he would have faced 19 years in jail with a non-parole period of 15 years.

Outside court, Sergeant Katie Johnston said both sides of the family made up the almost 40 people in the courtroom.

“It’s a really tragic set of circumstances,” she said.

“We’ve got a family who are very close knit in the community and they’re obviously struggling. It’s three years on now and finally, hopefully we’ve got some sort of closure.”

Topics:

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domestic-violence,

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murder-and-manslaughter,

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