Samuel Leonard Boyd

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Samuel Leonard Boyd
Born Scotland
Occupation Tradesman
Criminal charge Murder x 4, wounding with intent to murder x 1
Criminal penalty 5 x life imprisonment without parole
Criminal status Incarcerated

Samuel Leonard Boyd is an Australian multiple murderer from New South Wales, currently serving 5 consecutive sentences of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole[1] for the murder of 4 people and the malicious wounding of 1 between September 1982 and April 1983.

Boyd emigrated from Scotland with his family at age 11.

First Murder: September 1982[edit]

Boyd stabbed Rhonda Celea, a young married woman with two children, to death while he was working as a pest controller at her house at Busby.

Glenfield Massacre: 22 April 1983[edit]

In the early hours of the morning, Boyd beat Gregory Wiles, to death with a hammer. Boyd later went to a school for handicapped children in Glenfield.[2] He forced the three woman supervisors, Helen Hartup, Patricia Volcic and Olive Short, to undress, and then proceeded to threaten them and made them sexually abuse each other before stabbing Hartup and Volcic to death. Boyd never sexually assaulted the women himself.

Arrest, Trial and Sentencing[edit]

Boyd was arrested by special operations police on 22 April 1983, the day of the Glenfield massacre.

In January 1985, Boyd was convicted on four counts of murder and one of malicious wounding by a jury, and was sentenced to 5 consecutive terms of life imprisonment without parole by Chief Justice O'Brien. Boyd unsuccessfully appealed against his convictions.

In 1994 Boyd applied to have a minimum term determined, however Justice Carruthers refused to make a determination, calling Boyd's crimes "the worst category of murder". An appeal against this decision was dismissed on 3 November 1995, and it is expected that Boyd will die in custody.