Life in jail for thug who murdered random passer-by

PHILIP Quayle was a good man - a loving brother, son and mate who loved life, music and his family.

Jake Livingstone is a thug and a criminal - a young hothead with a slew of previous convictions, many involving violence - who at the age of 19 had already spent much of his adult life behind bars.

There was no other reason but pure chance that their paths crossed on February 26, 2015, on the footpath of a Cairns street.

But for Livingstone's gratuitous, senseless actions, they may have passed each other unaware the other existed.

However, they will now be forever intrinsically linked - as the violent drunk who took the life of a happy, talented young chef.

Yesterday a furious Justice Jim Henry sentenced the now 22-year-old Livingstone to life behind bars for one of the most brutal random attacks that has ever occurred on Cairns' city streets.

Friends of murder victim Philip Quayle including Dylan Colby makes a statement to media while leaving the Cairns court after the verdict.
Friends of murder victim Philip Quayle including Dylan Colby makes a statement to media while leaving the Cairns court after the verdict. Stewart McLean

Mr Quayle's distraught parents, Lex and Pauline, sat through most of the five-day trial in the Cairns Supreme Court, but had to fly home before they could see justice served after the jury deliberated almost four hours to deliver the guilty verdict.

Although happy with the outcome, they say their family has been ripped apart by the actions of a stranger.

"At the end of the day (the sentence) doesn't bring our boy back," Mr Quayle said, speaking from their hometown of Nelson in New Zealand's south island.

"People say to us it is some kind of closure, but it's not."

TIMELINE OF A MURDER:

February 26, 2015 - Philip Quayle, 27, is found dead by a passer-by around 3.25am near the intersection of Spence and Taylor streets in Cairns CBD

February 28, 2015 - Jake Desmond Livingstone, 19, is charged with murder of Mr Quayle.

March 3, 2015 - It is revealed Mr Quayle was only 100m from home and 250m from Cairns' biggest police station when he was killed in an alleged unprovoked attack, witnessed by three other people

March 20, 2015 - Accused murderer's mother and teenage girlfriend allegedly took his court case into their own hands, accused of intimidating and assaulting a police witness

July 18, 2016 - Alexander Lehmann Antonsen Hansen, 22, and Samantha Sky French, 24, are charged as being accessories to murder of Mr Quayle

March 20, 2017 - Mr Livingstone pleads not guilty to murdering Mr Quayle in Cairns Supreme Court

March 21, 2017 - Mr Livingstone claims he was not present at random attack on Mr Quayle

March 24, 2017 - Supreme Court is told Mr Quayle may have died due to a heart condition by defence lawyers

April 28, 2017 - Mr Livingstone is found guilty of Mr Quayle's murder and sentenced to life in prison

Their sons Philip and Rowan had created a life for themselves in Cairns.

Rowan had moved here about 2008 and Philip followed two years later.

Both hospitality workers, Philip started as a dish washer at popular CBD seafood restaurant Tha Fish and after four years he was their chef.

Murder victim Philip Quayle with a friend.
Murder victim Philip Quayle with a friend. Contributed

He and new girlfriend Samantha Lievesley were enjoying a few drinks in town at the Pier and PJ O'Brien's before he decided "Sammy" was a bit too drunk and they needed to go home.

As they neared his Bungalow residence she ran on ahead and just 100m from his home he walked past Livingstone and friends Samantha Sky French and Alexander Lehmann Hansen who had also been out drinking - first at the Downunder Bar and then at a friend's house.

Livingstone saw him coming and prepared, handing his sunglasses and wallet to Ms French and telling them he was going to "roll" the man walking towards him.

He attacked immediately, king-hitting him in the face, delivering two more punches before Mr Quayle tried to fight him off.

They ended up on the ground where Livingstone got him in a headlock and began strangling him while screaming "die (expletive)".

Police block Spence St between Bunda St and Draper St as forensic officers investigate the death of a mans body found in 2015 on the side of the road.
Police block Spence St between Bunda St and Draper St as forensic officers investigate the death of a mans body found in 2015 on the side of the road. Stewart McLean

After Mr Quayle's body went limp, Livingstone, who had been released on parole less than 48 hours earlier, rolled off and walked away, never turning around.

"That he was a good man was exemplified by the fact that when he was fatally assaulted by you, he was doing the right thing, escorting home a friend who had too much to drink," Justice Henry said.

"The contrast between the nature of his good conduct at the time of your self-indulgent, malicious, drunken violence is breathtaking."

A seemingly remorseless Livingstone remained expressionless as he was jailed for life with Justice Henry demanding "take him away" after issuing a warning of the threat he posed if ever released.

"You might be only young but your conduct has demonstrated that you are extremely dangerous and the community should be protected from you," he said.

Jake Desmond Livingstone, 22, who was convicted with murdering Philip Quayle.
Jake Desmond Livingstone, 22, who was convicted with murdering Philip Quayle. Contributed
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