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Francis Michael FAHEY





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Bondage fetish
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: August 2, 2002 / February 26, 2003
Date of arrest: May 2003
Date of birth: 1953
Victims profile: Jasmin Crathern, 41 / Julie Louise McColl (prostitutes)
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: Hendra/Bald Hills, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Status: Sentenced to two life sentences with a minimum 25 years on April 11, 2006

Two life terms for serial killer

April 12, 2006

OFFICIALLY no one will ever know why Francis Michael Fahey butchered two Brisbane prostitutes, but his wife has no doubts it is linked to Fahey's work as an ambulance officer.

In the Supreme Court in Brisbane yesterday, Fahey was sentenced to two life sentences for the murders of Jasmin Crathern and Julie Louise McColl.

He will have to serve 25 years in jail before he can apply for parole, but the court was told that because of Fahey's health, he was likely to die in jail.

Fahey picked up the women in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley area and then drove them to secluded places where he killed them.

Outside court Fahey's wife Beth said she hoped for the victims' families' sake the sentence would give them some closure.

She said she believed anti-depressant medication Fahey was taking at the time, because of stress from work as an ambulance officer, could have caused his behaviour.

She said her husband's character changed and his efforts to get help were ignored by officials.

"He was singing out for help and wasn't getting it. I saw him go from a vibrant man who loved his work to a cowering and crying person," she said.

The resumed sentence hearing yesterday was delayed after the government medical officer was called to examine Fahey and his ability to comprehend the hearing.

After Fahey was cleared to continue, Crown prosecutor Peter Feeney withdrew an application to have Fahey sentenced to an indefinite term. The decision came after medical advice on Fahey's health and observations made on indefinite sentencing by the High Court in a recent case involving Darling Downs rapist Jason Buckley.

Mr Feeney said the murders were brutal and must have been terrifying for the victims.

"Fahey must have derived so much pleasure from the first killing that it overwhelmed any qualms about the second," he said.

Barrister Rick Taylor, for Fahey, said

His client was diagnosed with an adjustment disorder, had a heart attack in 1999 and also had problems with his hearing in one ear. He said Fahey had no previous criminal convictions, a good work history and there was no explanation for the offences.

Justice White said it was not possible for the court to speculate whether Fahey's actions were a result of the "horrors" he had witnessed as an ambulance officer.

Justice White sentenced Fahey to two life sentences, with a minimum 25 years to be served before he would be eligible to apply for parole.

Outside court, McColl's father Tom Annas had nothing to say about the sentence. However, investigating lead officer Superintendent Mike Condon said the family was satisfied with the result.

Last September, Fahey, of Narangba north of Brisbane, was convicted of the killings by a jury which deliberated for four hours. The two-week trial was told Fahey had murdered Crathern at Hendra on August 8, 2002, and McColl at Bald Hills on February 26, 2003.

Fahey was linked to the murders by unique tyre and boot prints, DNA from shoes, his car and on a military bayonet found at his house, as well as semen on Crathern's shirt.


Ambulance officer guilty of murders

September 28, 2005

The wife of a serial killer who now faces being locked away indefinitely has claimed his time in the Queensland Ambulance Service may have turned him into a murderer.

Francis Michael Fahey, 52, of Narangba north of Brisbane, was convicted of the killings after a seven-man, five-woman jury deliberated for just four hours yesterday.

Crown prosecutor Peter Feeney will apply to the Attorney-General for consent to seek an indefinite life sentence from the Supreme Court. Fahey was remanded in custody.

In police interviews Fahey confessed to the murders of Jasmin Crathern at Hendra on August 8, 2002, and Julie Louise McColl at Bald Hills on February 26, 2003.

"Definitely the wrong thing to do, killing anyone is wrong," Fahey said.

"I spent all my (expletive) life saving lives, now I'm taking them and I don't know why. Thank Christ it wasn't any of my own family."

In interview tapes played to the court, Fahey told police he had snapped and stabbed the women both prostitutes who worked off the streets of Fortitude Valley to death, but could not remember the incidents or explain why.

During the two-week trial, the court heard Fahey was linked to the murders by unique tyre and boot prints, DNA profiles from blood found on his shoes, in his car and on a military bayonet found at his house, and semen on Crathern's shirt, and by security vision and witness sightings of his distinctive dual-cab utility truck.

Ropes and tool marks on crimps metal pieces which stop rope from fraying used to tie McColl were also consistent with ropes and the markings of tools found at Fahey's home during a police search in May 2003.

But outside the court Beth Fahey, his wife of 13 years, said her husband was not capable of such offences, and the only possible explanation was his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder.

"I still cannot believe in my heart that the man that I've lived with all those years is capable of doing this. He's quite a loving and caring and gentle person," Mrs Fahey said.

The court heard Fahey had been treated for post-traumatic stress disorder for a number of years a condition believed to have been triggered by 11 years in the Queensland Ambulance Service in central Queensland.

Mrs Fahey said her husband's symptoms had been ignored and he had been mistreated by medical professionals, treated with medication only and not offered counselling.

"All I know is Mr Fahey is a sick man, and that's the only way I can look at it that he's done this at a time when he has been unable to cope," she said.

"This was a desperate man who desperately wanted to get better and I honestly don't know what's gone wrong. I cannot to this second believe that Mike could kill anybody, because he is the gentlest and most loving person I've ever met in my life."

Defence barrister Rick Taylor argued that there were legitimate explanations for the presence of the DNA, there was the possibility of evidence being mishandled throughout the case, and Fahey's admissions were those of an isolated, stressed and psychologically frail person who had accepted what police had told him.

Detective Superintendent Mike Condon said the verdict was a fitting end to more than two years of hard work by the large Taskforce Midas team.

"We're very pleased with the results, and we hope now for some closure for the families involved in what has been a very difficult investigation," Supt Condon said.

Indefinite sentences in Queensland are granted only for prisoners who are considered to be a continuing threat to the community or whose crimes are of extreme violence.


Alleged murderer had bondage fetish

September 14, 2005

A former ambulance driver accused of stabbing two prostitutes to death admitted to police he had a bondage fetish but claimed he didn't like inflicting pain on women.

Francis Michael Fahey, 52, has pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court in Brisbane to the August 8, 2002 killing of prostitute Jasmin Crathern and to the February 26, 2003 murder of New Zealand-born Julie McColl.

Crathern, 41, had been stabbed 14 times and her body was found in a vacant lot at Hendra, north of Brisbane.

McColl was found naked and bound by ropes "bondage style" at Deep Water Bend, on Brisbane's northern outskirts.

She had been stabbed in the torso 24 times.

Over the past two days, hours of police tape has been played to the jury in which Fahey admits he likes tying women up, but "more for foreplay."

"I'm not into pain; I don't like causing pain and I don't like receiving pain," he said in the tape.

Fahey then goes on to demonstrate on a dummy, in front of the police, how he tied up McColl moments before she died.

This involved tying her ankles together and her arms behind her back with a rope connecting them.

He said he remembers McColl performing oral sex on him and then the next minute he was on the side of the road, washing blood off his legs.

"I though I might have cut myself," Fahey said.

"I was actually wondering what was going on. I had to go to Emerald the next day and I remember wondering why I was out."

When asked by the police why he would kill the women Fahey says: "I have no idea."

"I've had quite a few explosions of anger," he said.

"I know my wife became quite frightened at times."

Fahey said he harboured a deep hatred for his ex-wife and came to close to committing suicide but stayed alive to spite her.

"She said it was the kind of thing I would do (commit suicide) so I thought I would prove the bitch wrong."



The victims


Jasmin Crathern, 41.


Julie Louise McColl



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