The sickening remark that drove a man to stab his close mate to death during a drinking session
- Timothy Devey killed Craig Andrew Blachford at Warrnambool in December 2018
- The pair were drinking when Devey said he had once slept with a 15-year-old girl
- Mr Blachford remarked Davey was a ‘pedophile’ and told him to ‘f**k off home’
- A dispute ensued between them over $100 before Davey stabbed Mr Blachford
- Devey was sentenced on Wednesday to a minimum of five-and-a half years in jail
Timothy Devey fatally stabbed a drinking buddy over a dispute about $100 and after being called a pedophile.
He must spend at least five-and-a-half years in prison for the manslaughter of 45-year-old Craig Andrew Blachford at Warrnambool on December 7, 2018.
Devey was drinking heavily with Mr Blachford and others at another man’s unit in southwest Victoria, when he said he’d once slept with a 15-year-old girl.
Mr Blachford became angry and said ‘this c*** drinking port’ was a pedophile, referring to Devey.
Timothy Devey fatally stabbed Craig Andrew Blachford at Warrnambool on December 7, 2018 (stock)
He told Devey to ‘f*** off home’, punched the bicycle helmet he put on, grabbed his bag and demanded $100.
‘You have to pay now,’ Mr Blachford said.
Devey had owed Mr Blachford’s girlfriend $150 but repaid the money earlier that day.
During a scuffle, Devey delivered a 17cm deep stab wound to Mr Blachford’s diaphragm.
It’s unclear who had the knife first.
‘I’ve been stabbed,’ Mr Blachford said before collapsing. He underwent surgery but died the next morning in hospital.
Devey, now aged 53, was originally charged with murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
He was sentenced in Victoria’s Supreme Court on Wednesday to a maximum of seven years and six months’ jail.
He must serve at least five-and-a-half years before becoming eligible for release on parole.
One of Mr Blachford’s daughters, Temily, said her heart was ripped apart when she found out what happened to her dad.
Davey was sentenced in Victoria’s Supreme Court on Wednesday to seven years and six months’ jail with the possibility of parole after five-and-a-half years
His sister, Judith, said he had been a second mum to her, and his death left her feeling numb hurt and empty.
The court was told Devey had discovered Buddhism and meditation while in custody.
He has a personality disorder, peripheral neuropathy, uses a wheelchair and requires a carer in prison.
His childhood was marred by violence. He started drinking at the age of 10 and left home when he was 13 years old.
He went on to used cannabis heavily, and was previously convicted for drugs and violence offences and making threats to kill.
Justice James Elliott was circumspect about Devey’s prospects for rehabilitation given his ongoing mental health issues, and history of drug and alcohol abuse.