Robert Edhouse, 22 was the president of the Perth-based Aryan Nations group until his arrest in 2016 over the murder of Alan Taylor, who was fatally beaten in his own bed and left to die as his killers callously went to the movies to try and create an alibi.
Melony Jane Attwood, 37 — the former partner of Mr Taylor and the mother of his son — was also found guilty of the murder, which the court was told she had concocted with her new lover Edhouse so she could be with him and collect a $1m life insurance policy.
Today, in WA’s Supreme Court, Justice Lindy Jenkins sentenced both to life behind bars with a minimum sentence of 21 years
Justice Jenkins said the murder of Mr Taylor was “particularly vicious”, and the pair were equally culpable of it sharing the same “base motives”.
At a trial earlier this year, Edhouse acolyte Corey Dymock, 21, was acquitted of murder but convicted of being an accessory to the killing, having told police he had been intimidated into being part of the “death squad” which formed to carry out the bashing murder at Mr Taylor’s Girrawheen home.
He was today jailed for five years.
During the trial, prosecutors outlined how Edhouse and Attwood had together come up with various plans to get rid of Mr Taylor - including giving him a “hotshot” of drugs, buying a gun on the black market, or pushing him off a balcony – so they could be together and collect on a newly-minted $1 million life insurance policy.
Prosecutor Justin Whalley outlined how the close ties forged in their far-right, white supremacist group meant Dymock and another 17-year-old man who cannot be named, were willing to help.
After dropping off her three year-old son at daycare on April 22, 2016, Attwood and Edhouse collected Dymock and the other male from a Maylands apartment in her car and returned to Girrawheen.
There, the three men were accused of taking it in turns to hammer Mr Taylor over the head, leaving his bedroom covered in blood and bone, before Attwood trashed the house to make it look like a burglary gone wrong.
The jury rejected that Dymock had been involved in the attack, but Justice Jenkins found that he had been a “willingness participant” in the attempted cover-up of the killing.
The four of them then went to the nearby Warwick cinema to watch “The Jungle Book” to try and create an alibi.
The jury was told that after the movie, they returned to Dymock’s Maylands apartment, where the quartet admitted the killing while laughing and joking.
Attwood later returned to the Girrawheen house, which was adorned with Nazi regalia including a large swastika flag, knowing full well Mr Taylor was already dead, before going through the “charade” of a 000 call.
While Mr Taylor was dead when police and ambulance officer arrived, doctors later found he may been alive for up to five hours after his brutal beating.
Today, as Justice Jenkins detailed some of the horrific injuries suffered by Mr Taylor, Attwood fainted in the dock before reviving sufficiently to smile and joke with nearby security guards.
It was not the only disruption in court during the case.
As Edhouse and Dymock were being led back to the cells after a jury had found them guilty, the older man violently lunged at his former ally, swinging several punches and threatening to kill him as security guards and police attempted to hold him down.
Edhouse later admitted a charge of contempt of court over the assault, for which he was jailed for ten months, which will be served concurrently with his life term.
This article originally appeared on PerthNow.