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Adelaide man jailed for ‘savage’ murder

By AAP Newswire

An Adelaide man who stabbed, slashed and chopped his housemate to death with a kitchen knife has been jailed for at least 23 years.

Ganeshamoorthy Thiyagarajah, 44, was found guilty of murdering Mohammed Mansoor at suburban Penfield Gardens in 2017.

In sentencing him in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, Justice David Lovell said the two men had been on friendly terms on the afternoon of the murder.

"Precisely what happened just before you killed Mr Mansoor I am not able to determine," he said.

"It is most likely that you killed Mr Mansoor within a matter of minutes between 7.31pm and 7.34pm."

Justice Lovell said Thiyagarajah inflicted more than 40 slash, stab and chop wounds to his victim's body in the "swift and savage" attack.

"I find that you attacked him either from behind or, at the very least, from his side," he said.

"Your attack was ferocious and brutal on a man who had only ever offered you support."

Thiyagarajah then concocted a "fanciful and ridiculous" story that implicated three innocent men, who spent close to a month in prison before they were cleared.

Justice Lovell said Thiyagarajah was born into a poor Sri Lankan family and recruited as a child soldier at age 12.

He was later captured and tortured before ultimately fleeing and arriving in Australia by boat.

He has not seen his wife and children in several years and will likely be deported at the end of his sentence.

But he said the victim's family was in the same situation and was reliant on Mr Mansoor for financial support.

"His family will have to live with the consequences of your act for the rest of their lives," Justice Lovell said.

Thiyagarajah, who had offered to plead guilty to manslaughter, will be eligible for parole in 2040.