A South Australian man who pleaded guilty to the shooting murder of his son and his son’s girlfriend in the state’s south-east should not get the full 40 per cent sentencing discount, prosecutors have told the Supreme Court.
- Pawel Klosowski has pleaded guilty to two murders
- Prosecutors say he should not get the maximum sentencing discount for pleading guilty
- He does not have a long criminal history
Pawel Klosowski, 46, was today arraigned on two counts of murder in front of more than 20 of the victims’ family and friends.
He has already pleaded guilty to the murders.
The bodies of his son, Lukasz Klosowski, and his son’s girlfriend, Chelsea Ireland — both aged 19 — were discovered at a property at Mount McIntyre, near Millicent, on August 22.
Prosecutor Kos Lesses told Justice Anne Bampton that Klosowski was entitled to a 40 per cent discount on sentence given his early guilty plea, but prosecutors would seek it be lowered.
Laws have since changed to ensure maximum discounts on early guilty pleas are capped at 25 per cent, following community outrage at the sentence handed to paedophile Hamzeh Bahrami earlier this year.
Despite indecently assaulting a 10-year-old girl in a public toilet at a Blair Athol playground in April 2019, Bahrami secured a 40 per cent discount which made him eligible for parole in April 2022.
But last Friday, the Court of Criminal Appeal found Bahrami should not have been given the full discount, saying a 30 per cent discount was more appropriate.
Two years were added to his sentence.
Mr Lesses said that “hot-off-the-press” Court of Criminal Appeal judgement would “loom large” in the Klosowski case.
Report into history and circumstances
Mr Lesses also told the court that Klosowski only had a limited criminal history, with convictions for disqualified driving and speeding in 1996.
But he said more work needed to be done to finish the prosecution’s brief of evidence.
“The police are still collating and editing parts of the prosecution brief. The bulk of the prosecution brief will be provided to defence soon, before Christmas,” he said.
He asked Justice Bampton to order a report which would look into Klosowski’s personal circumstances, including his family, employment and physical and mental health.
Nick Vadasz, for Klosowski, said he would be seeking a report from a neuropsychologist.
Klosowski will face sentencing submissions in Adelaide in March next year.