In Australia, the case of a man accused of killing his Australian girlfriend, an American holidaymaker, and a man who died after falling from a cliff in Australia’s Kalahari region is being called Australia’s “perfect case.”
The ABC’s Australian program “The Story” is airing a special on the case on Wednesday.
It’s the second such episode in a row.
The first came last year, when a former police officer named James “Jay” Anderson, who was acquitted of murder charges in the death of his then-girlfriend, Elizabeth “Eve” Mazzocco, was charged with the murder of his former girlfriend, Jessica Pate.
ABC News is not naming her as she is a witness and the investigation is ongoing.
The ABC says Ms Pate’s body was found in July 2016.
Anderson was charged in July 2017, but the case was adjourned to November 2017.
A year later, Anderson was found guilty of the murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
He was released in June 2019.
Ms Pate and Ms Anderson were in a relationship for five years and lived together in the Kalahar region of Australia’s Northern Territory.
“It was really sad, it was really hard,” Ms Pates’ cousin, Rachel Bowers, told ABC News.
“The whole community just felt like it was a nightmare for them and for us.
We had been looking forward to seeing them again, so we didn’t think that would be the case.””
But when the news came out that Jay was now in prison and that Elizabeth was dead, it just made us want to cry.”
Ms Bowers said Ms Anderson’s family is devastated.
Their relationship was short-lived, and she says the deaths of the Australian couple, and Ms Pated’s death in an Australian prison, were traumatic.
She said her family felt betrayed and “sad” after the Australian media and public became outraged.
“There’s a lot of anger in the community,” she said.
“[But] I think the whole community needs to be more understanding of the fact that this is an incredibly tragic event that has affected our family and friends and it has affected us deeply.”
The ABC spoke to some of Ms Patel’s friends and family, who described her as “the sweetest girl” and “the most down-to-earth person you would ever meet”.
“She loved to cook, she loved to dress up, she had a really good sense of humour,” Ms Mazzo said.
“She was just so much fun to be around.”
She also said the “perfect” Australian couple was not going to get along, and they would never meet.
In a statement, the Australian Border Force said they are “deeply saddened” by the deaths.””
I just know that they were just very, very close and I don’t think he wanted that,” Ms Bowers added.
In a statement, the Australian Border Force said they are “deeply saddened” by the deaths.
“This is a tragic and sudden loss of life, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the Pate family,” the statement read.
Anyone with information about the case can contact the ABC’s Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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