Steve Kelly
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MURDERER: Michael Cardamone, pictured at the Wangaratta Magistrates Court last year, pleaded guilty to murdering his next door neighbour Karen Chetcuti. He also pleaded guilty to trying to have a witness in the case murdered. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

THE former husband of murdered Whorouly woman Karen Chetcuti, hopes Michael Cardamone spends the rest of his life in prison for his heinous crime.

“I hope he is never released,” Tony Chetcuti told the Wangaratta Chronicle on Friday, shortly after Cardamone, 50, appeared in the Melbourne Supreme Court and pleaded guilty to murdering Ms Chetcuti.

“I hope he dies in prison.”

Mr Chetcuti said there was some relief that his two teenage children will not have to endure the trauma of a seven-week murder trial, which was scheduled to start on July 31 in Wangaratta.

“We don’t have to go through it all, the nitty gritty, and see photos,” he said.

The Chronicle can also confirm that Mr Checuti intends to initiate a civil claim against the State of Victoria, suing it for ‘negligence’ associated with Cardamone’s parole, and also seeking damages for Karen and his two teenage children, and himself.

This post is part of the thread: Karen Chetcuti murder investigation – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.

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