Ted and Merle Withington
Ted and Merle Withington

OUR LIFE SENTENCE

By BRAD RICKS

THE parents of a Banora Point man, gunned down outside his home six years ago, are furious another of the men convicted over the incident is about to be released from prison.

"This will never be over for us, we still have a life sentence to serve," Ted Withington said.

Mr Withington is the father of Graham Withington, who was shot and killed at a Banora Point house in November of 1999.

Yesterday Mr Withington expressed his anger that Paul David Singleton, one of the men convicted over the shooting, will be released from the John Moroney Correctional Centre at Windsor, north of Sydney, on Sunday.

Singleton will have served four years and nine months on a manslaughter charge for his part in the incident.

Singleton and three other men ? Adrian Stelfox (five years), Scott John Denton (nine years, three months) and Amos Justin Gosling (16 years) ? were convicted and sentenced over the shooting .

Stelfox was released in January last year, and with Singleton's imminent release, Mr Withington said his family's nightmare was about to start all over again.

Mr Withington said the legal system had let his family down.

"We will always remain critical of what we consider grossly inadequate sentences the justice system handed down to the four accused," he said.

"They were found guilty of taking our son's life."

The story of Graham Withington's murder shocked the Tweed back in 1999.

It was revealed in Lismore Local Court that the shooting had been a revenge attack, following an altercation between Graham Withington and the mother of Scott John Denton.

The court heard Denton was angry after the incident and enlisted Singleton and Gosling to help him gain revenge.

Gosling bought a shotgun, which the three test fired after driving to Currumbin Valley, before picking up Stelfox and driving to the Withington's home in Banora Point.

Gosling shot Withington in the back with the shotgun, killing the then 23-year-old instantly.

Mr Withington said the events of that night continued to affect he and his wife.

"I have suffered from ongoing heart problems, my chest pain has never really gone away and has become a constant reminder of my grief and pain over the loss of Graham," he said.

"I had heart bypass surgery two weeks after his murder and although I initially returned to work, I was forced to take early retirement due to stress-related illnesses."

Mr Withington said his family would face the same heartache when the remaining to men were even- tually released.

"We can only hope their lives remain as miserable as ours have become," he said.



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