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Last updated 14:31 14/06/2013
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KILLER LAY IN WAIT: A police officer at the scene of the Mulgrave shooting.

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A man who callously gunned down his ex-wife in a Mulgrave Street in broad daylight has today been jailed for 20 years.

Supreme Court judge Lex Lasry described the killing of Almasa Locic, 55, by her ex-husband Denis Delich as a "public execution".

Delich, 61, an unemployed disability pensioner, pleaded guilty to murdering Ms Locic on November 1, 2011, outside her home in Bertrand Avenue about noon.

Justice Lasry said the couple had been married for 23 years and had two sons before they separated in 1997 and divorced five years later.

The judge said they split up because of Delich's gambling problem and claims Ms Locic had been having an affair with a family friend.

Delich was caught sitting outside his ex-wife's home with a loaded gun in 2009 after making threats to kill their sons. He wanted his sons to repay the money he had spent raising them.

Delich was convicted on May 1, 2009, of making threats to kill and possessing an unregistered handgun and was sentenced to a 12-month community service order.

On New Year's Eve, 2010, Delich bought a semi-automatic handgun he would later use to kill his ex-wife.

Justice Lasry said Delich continued to monitor Ms Locic's activities during 2011 and spent about six months planning her murder.

On November 1, 2011, Delich was lying in wait for Ms Locic before confronting her when she arrived home after visiting her sister.

Ms Locic screamed and tried to run away from Delich but he chased her and shot her in the back.

She fell face first on to the street and Delich stood over her and shot her again before the pistol jammed.

He then drove to Dandenong police station and gave himself up.

Ms Locic's two sons arrived at the house soon after the shooting and saw their mother lying on the street.

Justice Lasry said the image would haunt the men for the rest of their lives.

When later interviewed by police, Delich said he had also been considering killing his sons but couldn't bring himself to do it.

Delich said he had killed his wife because he had no other option.

He claimed she had ruined his life, taken everything he owned and ripped him off.

Justice Lasry said the motive for the murder was straightforward revenge.

The murder had been planned, pre-meditated, callous and thoroughly unprovoked.

"You intended to put her in a position so there could be no escape from you," the judge said.

Justice Lasry said Delich, who had no history of alcohol or drug abuse, had shown no remorse for what he had done.

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Delich told police he did not regret the murder or believe it was wrong and did not feel sorry for his ex-wife.

Justice Lasry said the fatal, summary justice had meted out to his ex-wife deserved a significant jail sentence.

Delich, who was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina before arriving in Australia in 1969, was jailed for 20 years with a non-parole period of 16 years. He showed no emotion as he was led away.

- FFX Aus

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