18 YEARS’ JAIL SHOCKS KILLER – Saturday April 6 2013

– A man who murdered his wife’s lover by hurling him head first to the ground appeared stunned yesterday as he was jailed for 18 years.
Mark Budimir was so shocked when told he would spend at least 16 years behind bars he had to be repeatedly asked to leave the dock.
But for victim Dino Moresco’s family, the penalty was too lenient.
Outside the Supreme Court, Mr Moresco’s mother sobbed as his cousin, Karen Branch, said the punishment was not enough.
Justice Geoffrey Nettle said Budimir was genuinely perplexed to have been found guilty of murder, believing his crime of passion had been to protect his family.
Budimir, 44, claimed he’d acted in self defence when he killed Mr Moresco, 34, at Brooklyn on October 30th, 2011.
The court heard the 188 centimetre man lifted the much smaller Mr Moresco to head height and threw him to the ground head first as hard as he could, in what he described as a power slam.
Budimir then put the body in a rubbish bin and set it alight.
The next day, the father of four told wife Jana he “got rid of Dino” to reunite their family.
He also called a Homicide Squad detective and said the death was not murder, maybe manslaughter or self defence, the court heard.
Budimir had previously confronted Mr Moresco with suspicions of an affair, once telling him: “When I decide to do something about this, it is going to make the front page of the newspaper.”
He had been on a suspended sentence for assaulting his wife when he confronted her about his suspicions.
The judge said Budimir’s mental state was affected by his wife’s infidelity, hindering his ability to think rationally and slightly reducing his culpability.
Outside court, Jana Budimir said: “It’s very surreal. Dino was a wonderful person with a great heart.” – Emily Portelli


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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