The body of Australia’s worst serial killer Ivan Milat has been cremated and as promised, the NSW government did not pay for it.
The backpacker murderer died in the hospital of Long Bay Jail two weeks ago after being diagnosed with oesophageal and stomach cancer in May, leaving his family with a letter insisting the NSW government pay for his funeral.
In the video above: Ivan Milat dead at 74
However, the 74-year-old’s final wish has been denied and he was cremated on Friday – with the government reimbursing the cost of the service from Milat’s prison account.
NSW Corrections Minister Anthony Roberts confirmed the murderer did not get the taxpayer funeral he had demanded on Sunday.
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“Ivan Milat caused immeasurable pain and suffering to his victims and their families,” Mr Roberts said in a statement on Sunday.
“He stole hundreds of years away from young innocent lives.
“His corpse has now been unceremoniously incinerated and he will pay for it. It has already been arranged for the full reimbursement of costs to be paid from his prison account.
“His last wish has been emphatically denied and he can now rot in hell where he belongs.”
‘A stain on Australia’
Ivan Milat and the Belanglo State Forest.
An evil man and a pine plantation inextricably linked and etched into the darkest pages of Australia’s modern history.
Milat murdered seven young backpackers and dumped their bodies in the 3800-hectare forest south of Sydney between 1989 and 1992.
While cancer took the elderly prisoner’s life, his victims were slaughtered in the prime of youth.
“These seven young persons were at the threshold of their lives, with everything to look forward to – travel, career, happiness, love, family, and even old age,” said Justice David Hunt who jailed Milat for life in 1996.
‘They would obviously have been absolutely terrified.’
“It is clear that they were subjected to behaviour which, for callous indifference to suffering and complete disregard of humanity, is almost beyond belief.
“They would obviously have been absolutely terrified, and death is unlikely to have been swiftly applied.”
Milat was born two days after Christmas 1944, one of 14 children of Australian-born Margaret and Yugoslavian-born Steven Milat who lived in Sydney’s west.
He left school at 15, had minor dealings with the police and worked on the roads for years, around Sydney and country NSW.
The self-confessed gun enthusiast was regarded as a conscientious employee, with one boss saying he was “the best worker we ever had”.
His former wife Karen, who left him in 1987 after four years of marriage, described him as “gun crazy”, recalling him killing kangaroos on a visit to Belanglo State Forest.
“Ivan pulled out a rifle, shot the first kangaroo, shot the second kangaroo, slit its throat and kicked it to make sure it was dead,” she said.
The outing could be seen as a gruesome preview of his frenzied attacks on the seven hitchhikers – Melbourne couple Deborah Everist, 19, and James Gibson, 19; German traveller Simone Schmidl, 21; German couple Anja Habschied, 20, and Gabor Neugebauer, 21; and British friends Joanne Walters, 22, and Caroline Clarke, 21.