‘Mr Maker and his family are from Southern Sudan ” in their home country they endured much hardship,’ she said.
‘They hoped that by coming to Australia they could have a much happier and more prosperous life.
‘Mr Maker married with the dream that his wife could obtain a visa which would enable them to live in Australia, to work here and to raise a family here.
‘All of those hopes and dreams have come to an end because of Mr Maker’s death.
‘His wife, parents, brother and sister loved Mr Maker dearly and miss him terribly.’
His sister Mary Maker said the family were happy with the sentence and grateful for all the support from the community.
‘A lot of people have stood with us ” people have come to our house, putting flowers; people who don’t know us,’ she said.
‘We have never felt alone, we are together with the community.
‘We are just happy that justice has been served.
‘He may be sentenced for life, but that does not mean that it will bring William back. If there are people like (Luke) out there, it’s a lesson for them to learn ” if you don’t want to be behind bars for life, you won’t do the same thing.’
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