Gregory Brazel

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Gregory John Brazel
Born (1954-11-17) 17 November 1954 (age 62)
Blacktown, New South Wales
Criminal charge Contempt of court
Armed robbery
Murder x 3
Criminal penalty Life imprisonment x 3, non-parole period of 30 years

Gregory John 'Bluey' Brazel (born 17 November 1954) is a convicted Australian serial killer, arsonist, and armed robber currently serving three consecutive life sentences for the murders of prostitutes Sharon Taylor and Roslyn Hayward in 1990, and the murder of Mordialloc hardware store owner Mildred Hanmer during an armed robbery in 1982 for which he confessed some eighteen years later.

Brazel is often described as one of the most manipulative and violent prisoners in Victoria's prison system,[1][2] and was estimated to be worth more than A$500,000 in 2000. He will be eligible for parole in 2020.

Early life[edit]

Enlisted in Australian Army 1974. Trained at 1RTB (Kapooka) 14Platoon B Company. Posted September 1974 to Australian Army Medical Training School, Healesville, Victoria.

In 1976, Brazel took five privates hostage during an army medical corps exercise in Healesville. Shots were fired before Brazel was persuaded to release the hostages. He was later dishonorably discharged.

Murder of Sharon Taylor[edit]

On 28 May 1990, while on early release from prison, Brazel murdered prostitute Sharon Taylor. Her body was found in a shallow grave at Barongarook, Victoria, south of Colac on 23 September 1990.[3]

Murder of Roslyn Hayward[edit]

On 13 September 1990, Brazel murdered prostitute Roslyn Hayward at Sorrento. Her body was not discovered until 1 October 1990.

Murder of Mildred Hanmer[edit]

Mildred Teresa Hanmer was shot in the chest on 20 September 1982 during an armed robbery on her Mordialloc hardware and gift store. She later died in the Alfred Hospital from her injuries. Her murder remained unsolved until August 2000.

On 18 August 2000, Brazel voluntarily confessed to the 1982 murder, seeking to make a deal with police officers that no life term would be imposed before agreeing to make a statement.[3]

Prison life[edit]

Brazel has continued to regularly offend while imprisoned and is often described as being manipulative and violent. In November 1991, Brazel took a staff member hostage while imprisoned at the HM Melbourne Assessment Prison when he learned of his impending transfer to HM Prison Pentridge.

In 2003, Brazel conned an elderly woman into depositing more than A$30,000 into a TAB telephone betting account for his own personal use.[1] In 2006, Brazel was awarded A$12,000 in damages in an out of court settlement after suffering a violent attack with a broken bottle while imprisoned at Melbourne's privately operated Port Phillip Correctional Centre in Laverton in May 2001.[1] In October 2006, Brazel was caught collecting personal information relating to senior prison staff.[2]

Summary of criminal convictions[edit]

During the period of March 1983 until August 2000 Brazel was convicted of 37 offences from fifteen court appearances. Offences since 1992 occurred while Brazel was in prison custody apart from the 2005 conviction for murder which occurred in 1982.

Date Conviction Sentence
June 1983 Contempt of court Sentenced to 2 years imprisonment[3]
November 1987 Armed robbery Sentenced to 6 years imprisonment[3]
August 1992 Murder Sentenced to 20 years imprisonment
Reduced to 17 years on appeal[3]
May 1993 Murder Sentenced to 20 years imprisonment[3]
October 1994 False imprisonment
Threatening to kill
Sentenced to 7 years imprisonment[3]
June 1997 Arson Sentenced to 2 years imprisonment[3]
December 1998 Bribery Sentenced to 2 years imprisonment[3]
22 March 2005 Murder Sentenced to life imprisonment[3]