A MAN once arrested on drug offences in Grafton has received a 42-year sentence for the hogtie murder and robbery of a man in March 2014.
Anthony Richard Dent and three men formulated a plan to entice Anthony O'Grady to attend a party on the Central Coast, believing he was in the habit of carrying around $500 in cash they could use for the drug ice.
They met the man at a sports oval in Wickham Park, where Dent struck him in the head and knocked him unconscious.
Dent removed Mr O'Grady's shorts and underpants, tied his hands to his feet behind his back and made a gag out of his undergarments which was inserted in his mouth and tied tight around his neck.
He was left hogtied, face-down in the ground as the three men left the park and went in various directions.
Mr O'Grady was found dead the following morning from a blood clot in his brain caused by asphyxiation.
"Unless medically treated or surgically treated, it was going to be fatal, and you would not expect anybody to survive more than a few hours at the very most," a forensic pathologist said.
Dent's mobile phone records were tendered as evidence.
In one chilling text message the day after the attack, he wrote: "Thank u darlin. U have a lovely day, whats left of it and smile that beautiful smile or ur's. I'm feeling so good I might belt another maggot as its addictive feeling like this. Ha ha. Tony."
Dent was convicted despite his not guilty plea on the murder charge.
NSW Supreme Court Justice Robert Hulme noted his long criminal history, which included a double murder conviction in 1978.
His history included convictions for assault, break and enter and drug possession - including one charge in Grafton in 2012.
Justice Hulme sentenced him to 42 years imprisonment with no chance of parole for 32 years. -ARM NEWSDESK