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Love triangle: Former prostitute’s Indian fiance shot 10 times in head

A 30-year-old former sex worker has been jailed in Australia for life for murdering her India-born fiance.

world Updated: Apr 29, 2016 15:06 IST
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Sam Dhody,Melissa Shaw,Adam Gooley
Sam Dhody (left), Melissa Shaw (middle) and Adam Gooley (right)(7 news)

A 30-year-old former sex worker has been jailed in Australia for life for murdering her India-born fiance.

The Brisbane Supreme Court jury last week found that Melissa Leigh Shaw was guilty ofkilling Shyam ‘Sam’ Dhody at his Gilston based residence in Gold Coast.

Justice Peter Flanagansaid Shawhad been involved in a cowardly act. Shaw will be eligible for parole in 20 years.

Theprosecution case hadalleged that Shawprocured her on-off lover Adam Gooleyto kill Dhody, media reports said adding the crown prosecutor Dennis Kinsella likened her to Helen of Troy, calling Shaw the face that launched the murder.

The court was alsoinformedthat Shaw’srelationship with Dhody,whom she met while working at a Molendinar brothel,was violent and had started to sour in March 2013.

Dhody was shot 10 times in his head while he was lying in his bed at his home in July 2013.

Shaw denied any knowledge of the murder plot.

Shaw, themother of two, was alsoconvicted of assaulting Dhody for an earlier attack.

Gooley, a mechanic, hadpleaded guilty to the shooting and was also sentenced to life in prison.

“Clearly she’s disappointed with the result, as anyone would be in her circumstances, and it’s come as a big, big shock to her,” said Shaw’s lawyer Jason Jacobson.

First Published: Apr 29, 2016 15:06 IST