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Aussie crime special: Three women who killed the men in their lives

These three ladies showed no mercy for the men in their lives.

By As told to Take 5
While men were six times more likely to commit homicide than females in Australia, there are always exceptions.
These three women showed no mercy for the men in their lives. Read these true stories.

Wicked Witch

Raquel Hutchison was a former bikini model and self-professed 'white witch' who thought her ex-husband had exposed their children to exorcisms as well as ghost and demon-hunting.
The ex, who's been given the pseudonym Brett Walker, had a strong interest in paranormal activity, which concerned Raquel despite her own interest in mystical things.
She also feared that he'd abused children.
She fancied herself a white witch. (Photo credit: News.com.au)
So she lured him back to his home in Saint Marys, NSW, with text messages, then blinded him by squirting Exit Mould into his eyes.
She tied a rope around his neck and beat him, breaking his nose and likely using a low-voltage taser or cattle prod on him, until he died.
Raquel and her partner Paul Andrew Wilkinson then dumped Brett's body on an isolated dirt track on the Central Coast.
It was found the following morning with blood pooled around his head.
Her ex-husband Brett couldn't have foreseen what would happen. (Photo credit: ABC)
Hutchison and Wilkinson claimed they only intended to extract a confession out of him about suspected abuse.
But Hutchison, who pleaded not guilty to murder by way of impairment of a mental health disorder, was sentenced to nine years in prison for manslaughter, with a non-parole period of five-and-a-half years.
Wilkinson was also convicted of manslaughter and jailed for up to eight years.
Brett's mother said "the real Brett" was a keen outdoorsman and disability carer with a heart of gold and passion for the underprivileged.
During a court hearing she said: "Raquel, you were at the receiving end of his help many times."
The 250-plus people who attended Brett's funeral were those who touched or impacted his life.
"So many of those still maintain contact with us and still make comments about Brett's cheeky smile, his caring nature and the way he impacted their lives," his mum continued.
The 250-plus people who attended Brett's funeral were those who touched or impacted his life. (Image: Getty Images)
Justice Hamill in his remarks said he wasn't required to make a finding on whether Mr Walker abused children.
He said he had no doubt Mr Walker exposed children to strange things "due to his interest in esoteric paranormal activities" but there was also evidence Hutchison considered herself a Pagan or white witch.

Dinner party plot

The lives of Anu Singh and Joe Cinque seemed perfect on the surface.
The young couple lived together in Canberra while Anu studied law and Joe worked as a civil engineer.
But things weren't quite as they seemed.
Joe hadn't been himself and there were rumours he was planning to leave his girlfriend.
Meanwhile, Anu was dealing with her own demons, suffering with borderline personality disorder, an eating disorder and possibly dying from a mystery illness. She even falsely believed that Joe was trying to poison her.
Joe Cinque with his girlfriend Anu. (Photo credit: News.com.au)
In her paranoia, Anu developed a twisted suicide pact for her and Joe.
She invited friends over for a dinner party and went as far as to tell them it was to say goodbye.
No one took her seriously.
At the dinner, Joe had no idea about the plot which was to poison him with heroin after the party and then kill herself.
The first attempt failed but undeterred, she arranged another dinner party five days later and after guests left, made Joe a cup of coffee laced with Rohypnol.
No one took her seriously at the dinner party. (Image: Getty Images)
Then, as the drug took effect, she injected him several times with a lethal dose of heroin.
Joe's death wasn't quick or easy.
It took him nearly two painful days to die.
Anu sat with him as he lay unconscious in bed and even made attempts to revive him by calling a friend for advice.
When she finally called an ambulance, she gave the wrong name and address to delay its arrival.
Anu was arrested and charged with murder, but was found guilty of manslaughter.
Due to "diminished responsibility", she was sentenced to ten years – of which she only served four.
When she finally called an ambulance, she gave the wrong name and address to delay its arrival. (Image: Getty Images)

Fatal love triangle

When 34-year-old Sofia Sam's husband Sam Abraham died during the night in their Melbourne home, it seemed like he'd suffered a heart attack.
He was found dead in his pyjamas, foaming at the mouth.
But the truth was far more sinister.
Sofia, a mother of one, was having a secret affair with Arun Kamalasanan, a man she'd met as a student in India.
The forbidden lovers were both married.
Days after Sam Abraham's death, an autopsy revealed he'd been poisoned.
Detectives suspected Sophia and followed her covertly for months, watching her and Arun meet for lunch and run errands together.
Sam Abraham and his wife Sophia. (Photo credit: The Australian)
They later found a secret diary that Sam had shared with Arun, illustrating their "deep" feelings for each other, which suggested a motive.
Sofia and Arun were charged with murder and during the trial, their elaborate plan was revealed.
Arun had snuck into the home and sedated the family, including a six-year old boy, by slipping drugs into an avocado smoothie that Sophia had prepared earlier.
Arun slipped drugs into an avocado smoothie that Sophia had prepared earlier. (Image: Getty Images)
Arun forced Sam to drink a juice laced with cyanide.
The judge admitted it was difficult to know exactly what role Sophia played in the murder of her husband but decided it couldn't have taken place without her knowledge.
She and Arun were jailed for more than 20 years each.
Murders more commonly occur on Sundays and Thursdays.
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  • 64 per cent of homicide victims are male while 36 per cent are women. Men were six times more likely to commit homicide than females.
  • 45 per cent of homicides occur in the victim's home. Nine per cent occur in the offender's home.
  • New South Wales has the highest homicide rate out of all Australian states with 151 homicides between the 1st of July 2012 and 30th of June 2014, followed by Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania and the ACT with only three.
  • The number of victims of a sexual assault crime has been increasing for the last seven years. 84 per cent of victims were female and half of those were aged between the ages of ten and 19.
  • Between 2016-2017 there were 91 deaths in custody. 16 of these deaths were indigenous people. 76 per cent occurred while police try to detail an individual while 24 per cent occurred in an institution.

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