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Friday 15 December 2017

Dad killed children to spite mum

An Australian man was sentenced to life in prison today for murdering his three young sons by driving them into a reservoir on Father's Day to spite their mother.

The judge ordered Robert Farquharson (41) to serve at least 33 years of the life sentence before he could be considered for parole.

Farquharson was taking his three sons -- Jai (10), Tyler (7) and Bailey (2) -- to his ex-wife's home when he veered his car into a reservoir and left the boys to drown in September 2005.

He claimed he had blacked out during a coughing fit while driving and pleaded not guilty to the murder charges.

But the prosecutor told a jury during a three-month trial that began in May that Farquharson deliberately killed his sons out of resentment and anger toward his former wife, Cindy Gambino.

In July, a jury convicted Farquharson for all three murders for the second time. His 2007 conviction and life sentence -- without possibility of parole -- were quashed last year by an appeal court that ordered a retrial.

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