A British man involved in the brutal murder of a homeless teenager, whose head was decapitated and used as a bowling ball and a hand puppet, has been deported from Australia.
Christopher Clark Jones was released on parole earlier this month after serving 15 years of a life sentence for killing Morgan Shepherd, 17, in Brisbane in 2005.
The homeless youth was stabbed 133 times at a home in Sandgate on Brisbane’s northside before his head was cut off with either an axe, knife or saw, a court heard at the time.
Mr Shepherd’s torso was found buried in a shallow grave in the northern Brisbane suburb of Dayboro after police received an anonymous tip-off just days after the grisly murder.
His severed head was found nearby on a tree stump.
Jones, 36, and another man, James Patrick Roughan, were convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison but never revealed what sparked their horror crime.
The three men had been drinking together on the night of March 29 in 2005 before an apparent argument broke out.
At trial, witnesses said Jones – who moved to Australia as a child but never became a citizen – had spoken to friends about Roughan using Mr Shepherd’s head as a bowling ball and a hand puppet.
“Chris and this fellow got into a wrestle and Chris said he stomped on him a bit and then grabbed a knife from the kitchen, stabbed him in the back, stabbed him a few times and then gave the knife to James and James stabbed him a few times,” one told the court.
The witness spoke of the killers boasting and joking about their sadistic crime at a gathering just a few days after.
“James cut the head and Chris pulled it off. James was nodding … (he) had a little smirk on his face. Chris was making a joke of the situation.”
Police later found a tomahawk, a knife, and a saw, stained with the victim’s blood, in Roughan’s shed, as well as bloodstained clothing featuring Jones’ DNA.
During sentencing, Justice Roslyn Atkinson described it as one of the worst cases she had presided over.
Just prior to Jones’ release, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton cancelled the United Kingdom national’s visa on character grounds.
“There is no place in the Australian community for foreign nationals who murder Australians,” Mr Dutton told The Courier-Mail.
He added that it was one of the most “abhorrent” crimes he had encountered.
Late on Monday, a shackled Jones was led to an aircraft at Brisbane International Airport by Australian Border Force officers and sent back to Britain, escorted by security.
– with wires