'Rot in hell': Murderer on bail for violent home invasion
MURDERER Kaius Patrick Cummins was on bail for a depraved, violent home invasion when he killed his friend Nigel "Alby" Hill.
Cummins was sentenced at Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday for a crime prosecutors dubbed "a level above" the evil of even other murders.
Jurors last week found Cummins, 41, guilty of murdering Mr Hill at an Alexandra Headland unit - but were not told of his violent past.
Shortly before Christmas 2012, Cummins and a co-offender, who has never been found, carried out a Clayfield burglary on instructions of Rhys Edwin Martin, who infected a man with HIV.
That home invasion was ordered as a revenge attack, after the HIV transmission victim went to complain of the infection to police.
Martin, then in his early 20s, enlisted Cummins and his co-offender to get his "property by whatever means necessary, by whatever cost," prosecutor Clayton Wallis said on Tuesday.
Cummins was released on bail on Christmas Eve.
Within a few days he was caught drink-driving, and a few weeks later that summer, he murdered his friend.
After Mr Hill was beaten and strangled on February 21, 2013, Cummins said Mr Hill killed himself.
Years passed before the trial, with Cummins referred to the Mental Health Court and given electroconvulsive therapy.
Later, most doctors agreed Cummins had no mental illness at the time of offending, but developed schizophrenia afterwards.
At his Supreme Court trial, much evidence was uncontested but Cummins suggested another person killed Mr Hill.
On Tuesday, Alby Hill's mother Alexis provided a victim impact statement.
"Sometimes he was too generous and kind-hearted for his own good" she said of Alby.
Mr Hill's uncle was seriously unwell in the days before the murder.
"My brother and son would be buried in the same week."
Justice Helen Bowskill said Mr Hill was "a generous and kind soul" and told Cummins: "You took advantage of his misplaced generosity."
She called the murder "callous, cold, calculated and cowardly".
The court heard Cummins previously offered to plead guilty to manslaughter, but that was rejected
Cummins was sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 20 years.
For the other offences, Cummins received five years jail, concurrent with the murder sentence.
The 1917 days spent in custody was declared as time served.
"Rot in hell. Rot in hell," one of Mr Hill's loved ones said as Cummins was led away from the dock.