Bandali Michael Debs
|Conviction(s)||Murder x 4, armed robbery|
|Criminal penalty||4 x Life imprisonment plus 27 years without parole|
Bandali Michael Debs (born 18 July 1953) is an Australian convicted murderer, currently serving four consecutive terms of life imprisonment plus 27 years for the murder of two Victoria Police officers in August, 1998, and also the 1997 murder of teenager Kristy Harty. Debs was detained at HM Prison Barwon in Victoria. On 12 December 2011 he was convicted of the April 1995 shooting murder of New South Wales prostitute Donna Ann Hicks. He is portrayed by Australian actor Greg Stone in the telemovie Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer was Here.
Debs, from Narre Warren, a south eastern suburb of Melbourne was employed as a tiler. He had fathered five children. His youngest son Joseph was found dead due to a suspected drug overdose at a house in Greensborough in December, 2003.
Silk-Miller police murders
In February, 2003, Debs was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment with no minimum term for the murders of two Victoria Police officers, Sergeant Gary Silk and Senior Constable Rodney Miller at Moorabbin, Victoria on 16 August 1998.
Accomplice Jason Joseph Roberts, who was 22 at the time of sentencing, was also convicted of the police murders and sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment with a minimum term of 35 years.
Murder of Kristy Harty
Harty was soliciting for sex along the Princes Highway when she met with Debs. The pair drove to a secluded bush track in Upper Beaconsfield where they had unprotected sex. Harty was later murdered. Her semi-naked body was found lying face down by bushwalkers. A single gunshot wound was discovered at the rear of her head.
In May 2007, Debs was convicted of the murder of Harty and sentenced to a third consecutive term of life imprisonment.
In sentencing Debs, Justice Kaye remarked:
Your murder of Ms Harty was entirely senseless, needless and wanton. The evidence discloses beyond any doubt that this was not a case of a sexual encounter in which, in the heat of the moment, feelings or passions may have led to a spontaneous and irrational act of violence. Rather, and quite to the contrary, this was, most clearly, a callous, craven and senseless murder in cold blood of an entirely innocent, defenceless and vulnerable young woman. The evidence leads to the inevitable conclusion that you murdered Kristy Harty for no other reason than for the sheer sake of it.
Murder of Donna Anne Hicks
Donna Anne Hicks was shot dead in April 1995 in western Sydney.
Debs was subsequently linked to the case through DNA analysis. Debs had been entered into a DNA database of criminals. On 30 September 2008, Melbourne detectives interviewed Debs and raided his previous address in Sydney. On 12 December 2011 he was found guilty of Hicks' murder in the New South Wales Supreme Court. He was sentenced to a fourth consecutive life term for the murder.
While imprisoned, Debs has undertaken psychology, life skills and computer training and is employed as a prison carpet cleaner.
- "Guilty of killing two prostitutes and two policemen". Australian Age. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
- DPP v Debs & Roberts 2003 VSC 30, Supreme Court of Victoria, 24 February 2003
- R v Debs 2007 VSC 220, Supreme Court of Victoria, 15 June 2007
- Man charged 15 years after prostitute's murder
- Debs's youngest son found dead, The Age, 24 December 2003
- No-parole call on Debs, The Age, 21 July 2005
- Jailed killer Debs linked to 1995 Sydney murder, The Age, 1 October 2008