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Father gets life sentence for toddler's murder
A Supreme Court judge in South Australia has revealed that a man who drowned his toddler
son and buried him in sand dunes at Port Noarlunga beach,
injected drugs and visited brothels hours after the crime.
Benjamin Martin David Green, 30, was today jailed for life.
In September last year Ben Green drowned his son Lachlan in the bath and put the two-year-old's
body in a recycling crate in a bedroom.
He drove four other children in his care to his mother's house.
He then injected $70 worth of speed into his arm and visited several brothels.
Green later asked a friend for help to bury something.
The pair drove to Port Noarlunga beach where a grave was dug and Ben Green threw his son's body in.
Green later admitted the crime to police and led them to the grave.
Justice Thomas Gray said Green had earned the nickname Cat Killer, because of his cruelty to animals.
He jailed Ben Green for life, setting a non-parole period of 20 years.
Accused Son Killer Had Custody Of 5
A man who allegedly murdered
his two-year-old son before burying him in sand dunes at Port
Noarlunga had sole custody of four
other children aged under seven.
Children Youth and Family Services yesterday confirmed Benjamin
Martin David Green had custody of
five children, including two-year-old
Lachlan Peter Green whose body
was found on Sunday.
Children Youth and Family Services director Nerida Saunders
would not reveal if the department
had been in contact with the family,
who lived in Morphett Vale, before
"We're not able to comment on
this case as there is a police investigation under way and we also have
a policy of not divulging details that
may tend to identity children," Ms
Saunders said in a written statement. "The four children are in the
care of their extended family."
Green, 28, yesterday appeared in
the Christies Beach Magistrates
Court charged with murdering
Lachlan - the youngest of the five
children. Dressed in a police-issued
white jumpsuit, Green remained motionless during yesterday's brief
He stared at the ground as his
lawyer, Dionisios Tsimiklis, told
Magistrate Derek Sprod there would
be no application for bail.
Mr Sprod remanded Green in custody to reappear next month.
Lachlan's body was found in a
shallow grave at the Onkaparinga
River Recreation Park about 2.30pm
on Sunday. It is believed Green went
to the Christies Beach Police Station
at 9.30am that day and told police
where they could find the body of his
son - who had been reported missing
by his grandmother about lunchtime
Police used X-ray imaging equipment to find Lachlan's body, which
was in a shallow grave about 4m from
a walking track, 500m south of Port
Noarlunga jetty. Neighbours yesterday told The Advertiser Green had
lived in the Louisa St house for about
two months and kept to himself.
Police forensic experts have scoured
the house for evidence and seized
items. Lachlan's mother, who lives in
the eastern suburbs, cuuld not be
Adelaide Advertiser (14-9-2004)
Murder Of Son Denied
A man has denied murdering his two-year-old son and burying him
in sand dunes at Port Noarlunga.
Benjamin Martin David Green, 28, of Morphett Vale, allegedly murdered Lachlan,
the yongest of five children in his care.
The boy's body was found in a grave at the Onkaparinga River Recreation Park on September 12.
In Christies Beach Magistrates Court yesterday, Green pleaded not guilty to murder and
was remanded to March 14.
Adelaide Advertiser (9-2-2005)
Too Much Stress, Says Killer Father
A Morphett Vale man who admitted killing his two-year-old
son before burying him in the sand dunes was "stressed"
and "frustrated" by his parental
responsibilities, the Supreme Court heard yesterday.
Benjamin Martin David Green, 30, pleaded guilty to murdering Lachlan,
the youngest of five childrenin his care.
Lachlan's body was found in a shallow grave at the Onkaparinga Recreation Park
last September,500m south of Port Noarlunga jetty.
The cause of his death has never been revealed and was
not presented to the court yesterday.
During sentencing submissions, Green's ex-wife, Christine Cawley,
who was not in court, had her victim impact statement read out.
It said: "I feel I have not been able to grieve properly because I can't
understand why. "Since that day, I have been having nightmares
and have been taking anti- depressants," her statement said.
Brian Nitschke, for Green, told the court his client- who came from
a "dysfunctional" family- did not have the "multiplicity of
skills needed to care for five children unde the age
of 7, on a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week basis".
He said when Green gained parental custody
"over the course of time (he) became increasingly
stressed by the responsibility of caring for the children".
Mr Nitschke told the court Green then
became "increasingly frustrated" by his situation. "He started
using excessive amounts of amphetamines as a form of escape
from his worries and indeed his routine," he said.
The drugs caused him to become sleep deprived and
paranoid and he started "hearing and seeing things" around him, Mr Nitschke said.
"His mind became increaingly unstable," he said.
Prosecutior Sandy McDonald told the court that
"any sentence needs to reflect the seriousness
of the offence, but in particular the age of the child
who was in no position to defend himself".
Justice Tom Gray remanded
Green in custody to face sentencing at a later date.
Adelaide Advertiser (30-9-2005)
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