Former slaughterhouse worker in Hunter Valley jailed for ‘insane’ stabbing

A former Hunter Valley slaughterhouse worker has been sentenced to a maximum of six years in prison for stabbing his friend to death.

Earlier this year, Jamie Cust, 22, was found guilty of the murder of Jesus Bebita in December 2018.

In the Supreme Court, he was today sentenced to a release-free period of four and a half years in prison.

Cust did not deny the killing, but said he was under extreme provocation because Mr Bebita sexually assaulted him while he was sleeping.

The court heard Cust, who lived in Sydney, returned to his father’s home in Muswellbrook to collect some items, including knives, before starting a new apprenticeship.

While in Hunter Valley, he caught up with Mr Bebita, a former colleague and friend, for a drink and spent the night at his home in Scone.

In sentencing, Judge Helen Wilson said she was pleased that “the perpetrator was awakened from his sleep to discover that his trousers, presumably his underpants, had been pulled down and Mr Bebita was next to him and rubbing his penis against the body of the perpetrator “.

She said Mr Bebita’s behavior “at least amounted to a crime of sexual contact”.

Judge Wilson said she was “satisfied that Mr Bebita was trying to have sexual intercourse with the perpetrator.”

She said the victim’s actions were “extreme provocation”.

A forensic pathologist determined that Mr Bebita had suffered at least 47 knife injuries.

They included severe wounds to his chest, head and neck.

The court heard that any of these could have caused his death.

The used knife was in the bedroom and close by when Cust woke up.

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Jesus Bebita worked with Jamie Cust at the slaughterhouse in Scone.(Available: GoFundMe)

Cust regrets the attack

Judge Wilson said Mr Bebita’s death had left his family grieving and grieving.

She gave the family her deepest sympathy.

The court heard Cust confessed to his crime before charges were filed.

After initial thoughts of fleeing, Judge Wilson said Cust surrendered to police and confessed to a crime police were not aware of.

Judge Wilson said based on the evidence that she has every reason to be certain that the perpetrator’s future prospects are “bright”.

The court heard that Cust has no criminal history and has a supportive family.

He will be eligible for parole in June 2023.


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