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Life sentence for baby killer

A 34-year-old man was today jailed for life for murdering his 10-week-old daughter during a stand-off with Victoria Police.
Brent David Quarry, of suburban Hampton East, was ordered to serve a minimum non-parole term of 24 years.
He pleaded guilty to the murder of his daughter Sharni Montaana (Montaana) Quarry after police arrived at his home on August 8, 2002.
The police had been called to a domestic dispute between Quarry and his partner Sonia Elizabeth Tate.
Quarry admitted he had pushed the baby's head against the front door of his flat several times and had thrown her to the floor.
A police negotiator had tried to persuade Quarry to leave his daughter at the front door during the stand-off.
Today, Supreme Court judge, Justice Philip Cummins told Quarry the crime "was in the worst category of murder".
Justice Cummins said Quarry had killed his daughter "by a series of deliberate and repeated acts of violence over time, initially out of rage for being reported to the police, and then to punish her mother, your partner."

www.theage.com.au (6-2-2004)

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Man pleads guilty to baby daughter's murder

A man yesterday pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court to murdering his 10-week-old daughter during a siege last year. Brent David Quarry, 33, was alleged at an earlier hearing to have held his daughter Sharni Montaana hostage, before killing her as police sought her release.
In a hearing before Justice Philip Cummins, Quarry also pleaded guilty to intentionally causing injury to his de facto wife, Sonia Elizabeth Tate, and recklessly causing injury to a police officer involved in his arrest.
Pre-sentence submissions were adjourned until December 15 after defence counsel Peter Chadwick said he was seeking a psychiatric report on Quarry.
Justice Cummins said he wanted to hear more evidence on Sharni's death. He said a police negotiator's statement quoted Quarry as saying Sharni was breathing "only every few minutes". A little later, he allegedly said "She's nearly dead" before dropping her.
At an earlier hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, it was alleged that police heard a series of thuds through a locked door during the two-hour siege.
Quarry held his daughter captive at his then flat in Besant Street, Hampton East, on August 8 last year. After the thuds and Quarry's comments, he was seen to drop Sharni to the floor, the court heard.
Prosecutor Julian Leckie, SC, told the committal hearing in May it was believed Quarry had thrown or forced Sharni's head against the front door of his flat or against a wall.
Pathologist David Ransom told the May hearing that Sharni had suffered five skull fractures.

www.theage.com.au (18-11-2003)
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