EXCLUSIVE: man convicted of murder of Carramar man Jason Edge to appeal life sentence and conviction

Dawn Edge (top right) with Margaret Dodd, mother of Hayley Dodd.
Dawn Edge (top right) with Margaret Dodd, mother of Hayley Dodd.

THE killer of Carramar man Jason Edge is set to appeal against his life sentence and conviction over the brutal crime.

Johnathan Derek Pihema, aged in his early 30s, was last year found guilty of the murder of Mr Edge (29) at a Clarkson home in 2015.

He received a life sentence with a 25-year minimum for the relentless bashing, which was related to drugs.

Mr Edge’s mother Dawn Edge was frustrated to learn of the appeal.

“It never ends,” she said.

“The prosecution rang me three days before Christmas to tell me. So that was the icing on our Christmas.”

No date has been set for the appeal.

Jason Edge.

The family is also waiting on the appeal of another offender, Jodi Abbott, who lured Mr Edge to the house under the pretence of a drug sale.

She was sentenced to more than seven years jail for manslaughter and is expected to have her appeal heard in late February.

Christopher Joe Moir, who held Mr Edge in a chokehold to assist Pihema’s assault, was sentenced to 12 years jail for manslaughter.

Matthew Howarth received a six-year sentence as an accessory after the fact for helping dispose of Mr Edge’s body in a dinghy at sea.

Mrs Edge has been an advocate for the No Body No Parole campaign, having gone through the trauma of not knowing where her son’s body was left.

She supported Margaret Dodd, another exponent of No Body No Parole, throughout the trial of Francis John Wark, who was last week convicted of the 1999 murder of Ms Dodd’s daughter Hayley (17).

Wark never revealed the location of the teenager’s body and on Tuesday was handed a life sentence with a 21-year minimum.

Mrs Edge was holding a ‘No Body No Parole’ sign in support of Ms Dodd outside court.

She attended many of the hearings, which stirred distressing memories of what she went through after her son’s murder.

“You relive it, you can relate to a lot of it as well,” she said.

“They had an eight-week trial, the same as us.”

Mrs Edge said Ms Dodd was a “strong lady” and was relieved “they had got justice for Hayley”.

“Wark is 61 now and if the No Body No Parole law comes in, he won’t get out at all,” she said.

“So that’s what we’re striving for at the moment.”

The Government is looking to introduce legislation that would ensure murderers were never released from jail if they did not disclose the location of their victims’ bodies.

A Bill passed the Lower House last year but was sent for assessment to a committee by the Upper House.

The committee recommended changes such as including manslaughter and considering mental capacity in the legislation, but said it could pass.

Mrs Edge said they would be rallying again if there were any further blocks in it passing the Upper House.