Danny McCabe, father of Michael McCabe, speaks to media outside Townsville Court after the sentencing.
Danny McCabe, father of Michael McCabe, speaks to media outside Townsville Court after the sentencing.

Murder victim’s dad tells killer to burn in hell

THE father of Michael McCabe has stared into the eyes of his son's murderer and told him to burn in hell.

Michael McCabe was the victim of a brutal and prolonged attack which began with a three on one assault in a Kirwan apartment and ended with him being smashed with large rocks while he lay in a dried creek bed.

Jason Douglas Taylor was found guilty by jury verdict of murdering the former Charters Towers mine worker in the company of others on or about August 15, 2015.

Danny McCabe told the court of the pain and anguish his son's murder had caused him and his family when he read a victim impact statement.

"I will never know if he would have found his soulmate, I will never know if he would have got married, I will never know if he could have had children," Danny McCabe said.

"I want all to know that it isn't just Michael's murder but it is the brutal and heinous manner that he was murdered that haunts me day and night."

Danny McCabe saved his last words for Taylor.

"I was raised a Catholic and after Michael's murder I questioned if there was a god but I do hope if there is that means there is a hell and I hope you burn in it for what you have done," Mr McCabe said.

 

 

Michael McCabe.
Michael McCabe.

 

Throughout the two-week trial the jury heard Michael McCabe was subject to intense violence over several hours.

Recorded police interviews were played in which Taylor admits to being one of three men to roll Michael McCabe up in a rug and haul him into the boot of a car after the initial attack.

Taylor was in the car when Michael McCabe was driven to Mount Spec Rd and another man kicked him down an embankment.

Taylor and the other man returned to the site some time later and rocks were hurled onto Michael McCabe.

Justice David North said, in all likelihood, the jury found Taylor guilty of murder on the grounds of aiding one of the other two men involved.

"Whoever it was that inflicted the fatal blow, you involved yourself in the escapade," Justice North told Taylor.

Taylor, who showed no emotion throughout the proceedings, was sentenced to life imprisonment and it was noted he had served 1335 days in pre-sentence custody.

He will be in his early 60s when he is eligible for parole.

 

Michael McCabe’s parents hold hands after leaving court.
Michael McCabe’s parents hold hands after leaving court.

 

Michael McCabe's mother Kathryn said a weight had been lifted off her shoulders when she heard the jury's verdict.

"It's been a very long process, it's almost four years since Michael was taken from us," she said.

"We want to thank the police, detectives, the prosecutors and everyone involved for all their hard work."

"Nothing will bring my son back but we are pleased with the verdict and that after all this time we have seen some justice for Michael."

Michael McCabe's family will return to court later this year when others face charges relating to his death.



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