A MAN who brutally attacked a gay lover, set fire to his apartment and left him to suffer fatal burns on top of fatal head injuries has been jailed for life after pleading guilty to murder and arson.
Lane Tynan Mitchell, 25, punched, kicked and bludgeoned Peter Anthony Jarman with a wine bottle and a statue at the 49-year-old’s North Perth apartment in June last year after they had sex, took methamphetamine, then had an argument over cash.
New Zealand-born Mitchell was sentenced in the Supreme Court of WA on Friday.
Justice Bruno Fiannaca described the crimes as ferocious, merciless, callous and appalling.
He said it was astounding the former state-level rugby player was more ashamed of his homosexual relationship with the victim than the taking of his life.
Mitchell must serve a minimum 20 years’ jail before being eligible for parole.