Killer’s stunning letter from jail
IN the weeks after he viciously killed his former partner, Stephen Boyd had time to think about what led him to such an evil act.
And the cowardly conclusion he came to was the death of Tina Kontozis, 51, was not his fault alone, but New South Wales police also played a part.
Boyd yesterday appeared before Justice Julia Lonergan in the NSW Supreme Court for a sentencing hearing for the murder of Ms Kontozis and wounding their then 16-year-old son Daniel Boyd.
Crown prosecutor Chris Maxwell QC revealed Boyd, 53, wrote a letter to Daniel, Ms Kontozis' brother Nick and "our families".
It was dated May 20, 2016 - less than a month after he killed Ms Kontozis. He told them it was the hardest letter he'd had to write, but he wanted to "try and explain why things have turned out this way".
"You know the last 18 months of Tina, Daniel and my relationship was starting to strain and the arguments were getting worse and more often between the three of us," he wrote in the handwritten block letters.
Then came the extraordinary moment when he blamed police for the breakdown that led to the murder.
"To this day I still believe the police should not have been called and should not have got involved in our family arguments," he wrote, referring to an apprehended violence order imposed by the court after he was convicted of assaulting Ms Kontozis and his son.
"All it did was make things worse because the police overreact and exaggerate the facts and charges, resulting in an AVO then a breach of AVO and a good behaviour bond, all with court appearances, court costs and fines."
"Police should not have carried on with it, resulting in restrictions and more pressure on me which I believe contributed to my emotional breakdown that terrible day."
He made the claims with what he called a "clear mind" as he reflected on events. Instead of the polive getting involved "I wish I wish we could have separated" until things "calmed down".
Boyd went on to say he was "dragged out of bed" handcuffed and hauled before a magistrate for the breaches.
The letter ended with Boyd coming to the realisation he was likely going to be locked away for a very long time.
"It's fair to say I might be in here for quite some time," he wrote, before begging for forgiveness.
"I made the biggest mistake of my life and still can't believe it happened."
The Crown is seeking a life sentence for Boyd. In his submissions yesterday Mr Maxwell said Boyd "purports to be seeking forgiveness from the family" and suggested it was more self-serving than that.
He noted Boyd sought to blame the police - who were acting to protect the community - for his actions.
"This is a murder committed in the context of domestic violence," he said. "There was an apprehended violence order against the offender for a conviction in relation to the assault of his wife and assault occasioning actual bodily harm of his son."
Yesterday's hearing heard moving victim impact statements from the family of Ms Kontozis, who was christened Despina, including son Daniel, her brothers and her mum.
"It was always mum and I - he was never a role model as a father. In my eyes, he is and always will be an evil narcissist," the 19-year-old said.
Nick Kontozis spoke of the wonderful woman she was.
"Putting others first truly gave her happiness. Tina was full of life, she was genuine and so loving."
"I hope justice is served for my beautiful sister Despina."
The sentencing hearing was adjourned until February 2.