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April 04, 2007

Thugs Stab Teenager 133 Times, Then Use His Severed Head As Bowling Ball As Well As A Puppet

The kid was homeless, but forgive me if I can't make a hobo joke.

The murderers did this in Australia, which takes such crimes very seriously. They're looking at a good three years in jail for this.

Actually they're getting life in prison. But pretty much you have to beg for life in prison by resorting to post-mortem decapitated-head puppetry to get that sentence anywhere outside the US.

(Except in, say, Saudi Arabia, where you can get a pretty stiff sentence for the crime of being gang-raped.)

TWO men have been jailed for life for the brutal slaying of a homeless teenager who was stabbed 133 times and decapitated before his head was used as a bowling ball.

After six hours of deliberations, a Brisbane Supreme Court jury this afternoon found James Patrick Roughan, 27, and Christopher Clark Jones, 23, guilty of the gruesome murder of 17-year-old Morgan Jay Shepherd (known as Jay) on March 29, 2005.

The pair, both from Sandgate, north of Brisbane, had already pleaded guilty to interfering with a corpse.

During the trial of almost three weeks, the court was told police found Jay's headless body buried in a shallow grave in Dayboro, north of Brisbane, following an anonymous tip-off only days after he died.

The jury heard Jay, who was a resident of a Brisbane youth hostel, had been drinking with both the accused at Roughan's home before a fight broke out.

...

Witnesses testified Jones told friends about the murder and how Roughan had used Jay's head as a bowling ball and a puppet.

Jones smirked as his guilty verdict was delivered but later read out a note he had penned to the court apologising for his involvement in the murder.

Wonkette's about to run a picture of Karl Rove toting the bloody head under his arm, suggesting it's a good tip while tossing in a couple of exclamation points to demonstrate they're not quite vouching for its accuracy.

Thanks to dri.


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