Cop killer jailed for life over Rixon murder

Police officers from the Oxley Area Command carry the coffin of slain officer Const David Rixon.
Police officers from the Oxley Area Command carry the coffin of slain officer Const David Rixon.

BLUE uniforms filled the Sydney court room where the man who shot dead much-loved father and country cop, David Rixon, was jailed for life on Friday.

Michael Allan Jacobs was the first person to be punished under news laws which call for a mandatory life sentence for anyone who murders a NSW police officer in their line of duty.

The 48-year-old shot Senior Constable Rixon during a routine traffic stop at Tamworth in March last year.

Sen Const Rixon, a respected highway patrol officer, was recorded on police radio warning Jacobs: "I'm just going to breath test you buddy" before the gun was fired.

He managed to arrest and handcuff his killer before he died from his injuries.

Jacobs could be heard saying "die - I'm sorry sir, sorry".

A contingent of NSW police officers, including a group of Sen Const Rixon's former colleagues who were bused from Tamworth, were in court to support his wife Fiona.

In his trial earlier this year, Jacobs had claimed it was a local drug dealer who murdered the officer but jurors, who were shown video footage from the car, found him guilty of murder.

Justice Richard Button said taking the life of another human being was "extremely grave" in any situation but that the murder of a police officer who was acting in the execution of their duty was "very much more serious" and a "direct assault upon our system, parliamentary democracy and the rule of law".

He also rebuked gun dealers who had ruined too many lives.

"…There are others who should be in this dock but they are not," Justice Button said

"Those who trafficked a lethal handgun - no doubt for profit - into the hands of a drug addict who has at times suffered from psychosis bear a substantial share of the responsibility for this senseless tragedy"

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