A Tasmanian man has been sentenced to
eight years in prison for the manslaughter of Outlaws motorcycle club
member Sean Trigg.
Matthew Linton, 36, stabbed Mr Trigg
18 times when Mr Trigg intervened in a household dispute in June, 2014.
Supreme Court Justice Helen Wood said
she found the number of stab wounds Linton inflicted on Mr Trigg
The court heard Linton stabbed the
father-of-three 10 times after inflicting the fatal blows, after he had
collapsed on the kitchen floor.
"The defendant did not voluntarily
desist from his violence, even when Mr Trigg was gravely injured,"
Justice Wood said.
"Other emotions were at play... anger,
outrage or plain revenge and contempt."
Justice Wood said she found Linton's
"gratuitous violence" an aggravating factor in Mr Trigg's killing, and
told Linton he had shown "a complete lack of remorse".
"Your conduct was callous for Mr
Trigg... who was completely vulnerable and in a pitiful state," she
The court heard Linton's reaction to
police when they arrived at his home was: "Why are you cautioning me?
I've done nothing wrong. I hope I killed him. I hope I f*****g killed
When Linton was informed of Mr Trigg's
death at the hospital, he said it was "a good f*****g thing," the court
Justice Wood said she accepted Linton
had been "left angry and humiliated" by an earlier altercation with Mr
Trigg at the Outlaws clubhouse in Bridgewater.
The court heard Mr Trigg assaulted
Linton at the clubhouse after learning he had been hitting his partner.
When he burst into Linton's house
later that night, Mr Trigg had heard her screams after Linton struck her
again, in the street.
Justice Wood said Mr Trigg's family,
including his parents, had been left "devastated" by his death.
"They are haunted by visions of how
their son was killed and how senseless and avoidable it was," she said.
Father wants son remembered as defender
Outside court, Mr Trigg's father John
Trigg said his son should be remembered for his actions on the day.
"Sean lost his life going to the aid
of a woman who was being subjected to domestic violence," he said.
"His death had nothing to do with his
membership of the Outlaws motorcycle club.
"This was made clear to us by the
investigating police, the DPP, and four weeks of Supreme Court
Mr Trigg said he did not want to
comment on the length of the sentence for his son's killer.
"We have to respect the court's
outcome and we respect greatly Justice Wood," he said.
A number of Outlaws members were in
court for the sentence, and one member lashed out verbally at Linton as
he left the dock.
"To the Outlaws motorcycle cub, their
members have been wonderful to us and continue to be," Mr Trigg said.
Linton, from Bridgewater, north of
Hobart, will serve a minimum term of five years in prison.
He was jailed for an additional three
months for assaulting his partner.