Sydney DV murderer still blames his victim

By Margaret Scheikowski
A man who murdered his partner in 2003 will be subject to an extended supervision order. (AAP)

A released prisoner who says the woman he savagely murdered in 2003 continues to bring him shame is to be subject to an extended supervision order.

Hung Khawh Vu attacked his partner Yong Ling on multiple occasions, violently raped her in the presence of a child, and repeatedly disobeyed an apprehended violence order.

He bashed her unconscious in July 2003 at a Sydney unit, resulting in the severely injured mother spending months in intensive care before dying in a nursing home in December 2003.

The now 53-year-old Vu pleaded guilty to murder halfway through his NSW Supreme Court trial and was jailed for 18 years with a non-parole period of 13 years and six months.

He was released on parole in in September 2020 and his total sentence expired in July.

Justice Geoffrey Bellew on Tuesday granted a State of NSW application for Vu to be subject to an 18-month ESO which includes a string of strict community supervision conditions.

He was satisfied Vu poses an unacceptable risk of committing another serious offence if not kept under supervision.

A psychiatrist said Vu continued to minimise his conduct, to blame Ms Ling, and to make disparaging remarks about her.

"The defendant went so far as to complain that Ms Ling had brought embarrassment and shame upon himself and his family," the judge said.

"Notes taken at various times when the defendant was in custody indicate that he has sought to ascribe blame to Ms Ling, and has protested his innocence."

In June 1997, Vu hit a fellow factory-worker with a meat cleaver to his head after claiming the colleague was spreading rumours about his character.

While serving the murder sentence, he struck another inmate to the face with a guitar later saying he had taught the victim a lesson.

"From about 2012, whilst in custody, the defendant commenced to accrue a number of misconduct charges, a majority of which involved allegations of violence."

These occurred before he came to be managed for mental health problems, which have included ongoing psychotic symptoms, auditory hallucinations and delusional thoughts.

Since his release on parole, he has lived independently and is on a disability support pension on account of his mental illness.

"Whilst he has denied an intention to enter a new relationship, there is some evidence of an attempt to do so," the judge said.

The diagnosed schizophrenic has been assessed as being in the high risk category in terms of future violent offending.

One psychiatrist also concluded Vu manifested a number of high risk factors for intimate partner violence in terms of sexual re-offending.

"Whilst there is evidence that the defendant has generally complied with his supervision to date, there is also a history of his having a lack of insight into his offending, a tendency to blame Ms Ling, and an expressed self-belief that he does not require treatment," the judge said.

The ESO conditions include that Vu must comply with any reasonable direction from a supervisor not to go to a particular place or district.

The judge referred to assessments that Vu's risk would increase if he were to form a new intimate relationship.

"Given that, and bearing in mind the the defendant's previous violent offending towards Ms Ling which resulted in her death, I accept the submission of counsel for the plaintiff that the condition provides, as it were, an additional 'layer' of protection.

"It would, for example, prevent the defendant from attending a partner's premises, her place of work, or any other location at which her presence was likely."

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