Tub murderer jailed for 19 years

Last updated 13:40 21/11/2012

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A murderer who dumped his victim's dismembered body into a tub of acid has been jailed for at least 19 years.

Leonard Borg, 28, was found guilty in April of murdering Peter Rule, 56, at Campbellfield in Melbourne's north in November 2009.

He murdered Mr Rule to keep his cannabis crop secret.

Borg took Mr Rule to a factory where he shot him at close range 10 times, after Mr Rule told him he knew he was growing cannabis.

Over a period of days Borg hacked up Mr Rule's body, set it on fire and placed parts in a tub of hydrochloric acid before dumping the remains in bushland.

Victorian Supreme Court Justice Lex Lasry jailed Borg for 23 years and nine months with a minimum 19 years.

He said the murder was a "planned, calculated killing and was particularly callous".

"The brutal degradation of Peter Rule's body, which I accept was for the purpose of concealing what you had done, was dreadful," he said in sentencing Borg.

Outside court, the victim's brother Mark Rule said the sentence could never be enough.

"It's been three years out of our life, but it still hasn't brought back our brother," he told reporters.

"We've lost our brother...for something stupid, really stupid."

"It's just senseless."

"The world's got some evil people but it's only a minority, fortunately."

His sister Stella McNaughton described her late brother as a caring man and loving father to his young son Darcy.

"He was just getting to know him and take him places, fishing and camping. It's something Darcy's going to miss terribly," she said.

"We have him now, we take him everywhere. But it's still not the same as having your own dad."

"It's going to be hard on him."

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- AP

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