BY: Court Reporter Andrew Dowdell. Adelaide Now
That was before he slayed a beloved primary school teacher and set fire to the family’s Marino home, the Supreme Court heard yesterday.
Shane Troy Clark stared ahead stony-faced as a parade of friends and family members of teacher Hamilton Wiseman told of their grief and loss at the senseless murder on April 16 last year.
Clark, 41, stabbed Mr Wiseman five times as he lay in his bed, moments after he banged on bedroom doors in the Bundarra Rd home to check if the teacher’s wife and two stepdaughters were also home.
Bronte Wiseman, daughter of murdered teacher Hamilton Wiseman, outside the Supreme Court. Picture: Greg HiggsSource: AdelaideNow
Prosecutor Sandi McDonald told the court that Clark had taken a taxi from Adelaide Casino to the Wiseman family home at Marino, and told the driver “four people are dying tonight”.
Murder victim Hamilton Wiseman (inset) and his Marino home. Source: AdelaideNow
Clark had recently broken up from a relationship with Mr Wiseman’s stepdaughter, Julia, and was said to have been “undergoing some terrible personal upheaval” stemming from his troubled and abusive childhood.
“He tells police over and over again if other people had been there he would have killed them,” Ms McDonald said.
The court heard that Clark had been detained in Royal Adelaide Hospital for telling a Centrelink staff member he planned to murder someone the day before the killing, but that he had been given benzodiazepam medications and released early on the Saturday of the murder.
Mr Wiseman’s daughter from his first marriage, Bronte, cried as she recalled the final time she spoke to her father from her home in Darwin.
“He told me I could call him any time I needed to and he would be there … because of the senseless actions of one I can only describe as a monster, he will never be there again,” she said.
Mr Wiseman’s widow Leonie told of the intense grief over the loss of her “soul mate” and their family home and possessions.
“It was the best part of my day to come home to Ham … now it’s all gone,” Mrs Wiseman said.
The court heard Mr Wiseman had been a passionate and popular teacher over several decades with no enemies.
Clark’s lawyer Graham Lang said his client was “tortured by what he has done” and was “unhinged” and influenced by prescription drugs and alcohol at the time.
Clark will serve a mandatory head sentence of life.