A Sydney man convicted of the “brutal” killing of a Brazilian tourist in a one-punch attack on the Gold Coast told police “I f*****g put him to sleep”.
- Ricky Lefoe was found guilty of Ivan Susin’s manslaughter and sentenced to eight years’ jail
- He will be eligible for parole after serving half of his sentence
- Mr Susin’s family told the court his death left a “gigantic emptiness that can’t be filled”
Earlier this year, a Supreme Court jury found Ricky Lefoe, 32, guilty of the manslaughter of Ivan Susin and on Tuesday he was sentenced to eight years in jail.
Lefoe had hit the 29-year-old, who he did not know, which caused him to strike his head on a cement pathway in Surfers Paradise in October 2019.
Mr Susin, who had been in Australia on a working holiday visa, died in hospital several days later.
The blow was delivered during a fight that initially involved the two men’s respective friends and was sparked over stolen hot chips.
During a sentencing hearing, the court heard after police arrested Lefoe, he did not ask about the health of Mr Susin, and was only concerned about how officers tracked him down and if anyone else would be charged.
Lefoe also asked whether the fight “looked bad” on CCTV, before telling police “I f*****g put him to sleep” because Mr Susin “tried to hit my mate”.
Mr Susin’s parents and his sister, who live overseas, were present in the hearing with an interpreter via video link, and submitted victim impact statements to the court.
His mother remembered her son as a “remarkable and special young man” who had a “big heart” and loved his life.
“A beautiful boy outside and inside,” the statement said.
“The impact of his loss cannot be translated into words.”
She said Mr Susin’s “brutal” death had torn her family apart and Lefoe’s actions had left them with a “gigantic emptiness that can’t be filled”.
“He took everything from us,” the statement said.
“To this day, I don’t understand the cruelty and I will never understand.”
The court heard Lefoe had a lengthy criminal history in New South Wales including drug, driving and firearm offences, which he served time in custody for.
Justice Helen Bowskill told the court Lefoe’s “split-second decision” had “catastrophic consequences” and his sentence needed to appropriately denounce this type of offending.
“There were so many other options available to you,” she said.
“Impulsive violence has no place in our civilised society.”
Lefoe will be eligible for parole after serving half of his sentence.