Anthony Sherna strangled Susanne Wild – his partner of 18 years – with a
dressing gown cord in February 2008 after she woke their pet dog Hubble with
He then buried her in their backyard in Tarneit, in south-west Melbourne,
after enduring years of emotional abuse at her hands.
Forensic psychologist Jeffrey Cummins testified that Sherna suffered from
depression and a chronic mood disorder. He compensated by becoming a
workaholic and alcoholic, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Cummins also said Sherna showed signs of “battered woman syndrome”.
Sherna, now 41, first met Wild when he was 23 and she 35.
Early in their relationship Wild resumed an affair with a former boyfriend,
and called Sherna “a weak little bastard” for tolerating her infidelity.
She also made him change his surname, banned him from seeing friends or
family, forbade him from sleeping in their bed or using the toilet at home
and controlled all his money – despite the fact that Sherna was the sole
Today, Victorian Supreme Court Justice David Beach jailed him for 14 years
with a minimum of 10.
“Even though she was controlling and domineering, and even if his account of
their relationship was true, it did not justify him killing her,” Justice
Sherna had pleaded not guilty to murder, and a jury found him guilty on the
lesser charge of manslaughter three weeks ago.
Source: The New Zealand Herald
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