Kiwi woman sentenced for role in sex robbery death

  • 28/09/2017
Milan Chante Walker plead guilty to robbery and Manslaughter of Gregory John Hudson.
Milan Chante Walker plead guilty to robbery and Manslaughter of Gregory John Hudson. Photo credit: Supplied.

A New Zealand-born prostitute who distracted a customer with kinky sex so two men could rob him on Australia's Gold Coast has been jailed for his manslaughter even though he had "lethal" levels of cocaine in his system.

Gregory John Hudson's naked and loosely bound body was found in his friend's townhouse at Varsity Lakes in October 2014.

Milan Chante Walker, 38, admitted responsibility for the death of the 57-year-old on the opening day of a retrial this week, while the two men who carried out the break-in pleaded guilty to robbery in company and burglary.

The mother of four was sentenced to five years and nine months behind bars in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday, but will be eligible for parole in December 2018.

Justice Glenn Martin said it was an exceptional case because an autopsy found Mr Hudson had an enlarged heart and "lethal" dose of cocaine in his system when he died.

Justice Martin said any triggering mechanism like psychological or physical stress, including the "fetish sexual acts" he and Walker had engaged in, could have triggered the cardiac arrhythmia that led to his death.

"His heart was basically a ticking time bomb," he said during sentencing.

The court heard Mr Hudson had been on a drug and prostitute bender since his arrival at his friend's house a few days earlier.

He arranged for Ms Walker, who he had met at a brothel, to come to the house for sex in exchange for cocaine.

Crown prosecutor Philip McCarthy said text messages showed Ms Walker, Lee Benjamin Feld, 40, and Benjamin Samy Ghobrial, 27, hatched a plan for her to distract Mr Hudson while they broke in.

"We're coming in five mins. F*** him hard, play music. Very important," a message sent from Mr Ghobrial's phone read.

Justice Martin said the two men had not intended to cross paths with Mr Hudson and did not carry any weapons, but they "anticipated the use of physical restraint and or violence" if needed.

Mr Ghobrial, who also admitted using Mr Hudson's bank cards to withdraw $2000 from multiple bank machines, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years' jail.

But it was suspended immediately to take into account the 30 months he had already spent behind bars.

Mr Feld received a two-year-and-seven-month sentence for his role in the robbery, with parole from Wednesday.

The court heard Ms Walker, who has lived in Australia for more than 25 years, would likely be deported back to New Zealand once she was released.