A woman who crushed and killed her cheating boyfriend with her car in what has been described as an “explosion of emotion” will spend the next 14 years behind bars.
Jackline Sabana Bona Musa was sentenced in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday for killing her boyfriend on the evening of June 27, 2020.
An emotional Musa entered the dock just before 2.30pm wearing a black blazer and pants, while seven supporters sat in the public gallery.
She was found guilty of smashing her black Toyota Kluger into Payman “Paul” Thagipur, 31, in the carpark of his apartment building at Wentworth Point in Sydney’s west about 8.30pm.
He died at the scene.
The pair met online at the end of 2019 and by June the following year, Musa was under the impression Mr Thagipur was her boyfriend, the court was told.
Jackline Musa has been found guilty of murdering her cheating boyfriend. Picture: Facebook
The last time the pair saw each other was June 21, after which Musa sent text messages to Mr Thagipur that went unanswered.
On the afternoon of June 27, she sent another text that he didn’t answer.
The 47-year-old decided to check on Mr Thagipur at his apartment and stopped on the way at a shisha bar he frequented.
She attempted to get into the apartment building’s carpark without alerting Mr Thagipur before following another car into the building and hitting the roller door, causing it to break.
Musa was let through the security door by another resident and knocked on Mr Thagipur’s door to find him in only his underwear and another woman in the apartment.
She asked the woman “is it your turn today?” and spat in Mr Thagipur’s face as she left the apartment, the jury was told during the trial.
Minutes later, Mr Thagipur walked into the carpark wearing a T-shirt and pants and began walking in the direction of his car.
Payman ‘Paul’ Thagipur was crushed to death by a car in his own garage. Picture: Facebook
When she saw him, the court was told Musa deliberately drove directly at her former lover and pushed him into a nearby wall, crushing him to death.
The court was told she got out of her car, walked towards her boyfriend’s prostrate body “gasping for air” and looked down on him for a minute before she called triple-0.
Musa pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter before she was found guilty by a jury in December last year.
In summarising the facts, Justice Richard Button said the offence was “spontaneous and not premeditated”, with the intention to inflict serious harm for “only a matter of seconds”.
“The life of a human being was violently extinguished in a place where he was entitled to feel safe,” Justice Button said.
“His final ordeal was short but terrifying and he surely died in enormous pain.”
Musa was captured on CCTV in her boyfriend’s garage on the night of his death.
Justice Button said what occurred was a “deeply self-centred imposition of violence” and a stark example of what used to be called a crime of passion.
He said modern Australians expected a person “disappointed and upset” by romantic matters to deal with the emotions maturely and without harming others.
“I regard this as a grave example of an extremely grave offence,” the justice said.
Musa was described as a person of otherwise good character who made a life for herself in Australia when she moved here in 2004.
Justice Button said the murder was “grossly out of character” for the “woman of mature years”.
“In short, a life was taken simply because a fellow human being was exercising autonomy in romantic matters, as he was absolutely entitled to do,” he said.
“After an early life of great deprivation and disruption, the offender made a successful fresh start in this country, something especially to her credit in light of the psychological problems.
“They played their part in this fatal explosion of emotion.”
Musa was sentenced to 20 years with a non-parole period of 14 years.