Killer attended victim Adrian Trett’s funeral and offered condolences to family, court told

The killer of South Australian father Adrian Trett attended his victim’s funeral and offered condolences to his heartbroken children, who on Friday told the District Court he was left to die across the road from a Murraylands hospital.

Glen Kerry Patterson is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of his friend, 45-year-old Adrian Trett, in Mannum, in April 2018.

Mr Trett was found badly beaten on the side of the road, but Patterson was not arrested until January 2020.

“My dad was certainly a character — he never took life too seriously,” his daughter, Stephanie Bishop, told the court on Friday through tears.

“I spent 12 days by his side in hospital. My family crammed into the small room, sleeping on the floor to be by his side just in case he passed.

“He was taken off life support and then he was gone. That was the beginning of a very long, stressful, exhausting, downward emotional roller coaster.

“We had to prepare for this to become a cold case and that was excruciatingly devastating.”

Mr Trett was wrapped in blankets when he was found unconscious.(Supplied: SA Police)

She said the thought of her father’s killer being “out there in the community” was “awful”.

“To think you had the audacity to come to the funeral and offer apologies and condolences makes me so sick,” she said.

“How can you do what you did and have the nerve to shake our hands and speak to us about how much you love him and would have done anything for him?

“You left him on the side of the road, in the dark, freezing cold, right across the road from the hospital. If you had taken him a few metres up the road, maybe he could have been saved.”

Accused apologises to victim’s family

Prosecutors read the victim impact statement of the victim’s son, Nathan Bishop, who described the months after his father’s death as “slow, hard and draining”.

“This is something that will affect me for the rest of my life,” he wrote in his statement.

Patterson read a tearful apology to the court and family of Mr Trett, saying his friend died because of “my own cowardly actions”.

“I ask myself over and over, ‘How could I have done this?,'” he told the court.

“I lost the honour of standing by his side when I left him lying there injured. I never realised the extent of his most serious injuries.”

Judge Ian Press will sentence Patterson at a later date.

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