Remorseless killer stabbed 'best friend' 102 times
JAKE Lasker struggled to fit in and had trouble making friends, due to his Asperger's syndrome
So when he befriended fellow 19-year-old Max Peter Smith through Facebook, he believed he at last had a best friend - so did Jake's parents John and Joanne.
Tragically, Jake and his parents couldn't have been more wrong.
Smith had regularly visited the Lasker's Rockville home to spend time with Jake and play Xbox, Toowoomba Supreme Court heard.
Comfortable with Smith being left along with their son, Mrs Lasker on the afternoon of November 7, 2012, left to pick up Jake's younger brother Adam.
"I love you, Mum," Jake said as his mother left. Those were the last words Joanne Lasker heard from her son.
While she was gone, Smith took a knife from the kitchen and stabbed Jake a total 102 times.
A third teenager who had arrived at the home shortly before the attack, had left the room when Smith motioned stabbing actions behind Jake's back as he sat on his bed playing Xbox.
The third teen later told police after he left the room he heard Jake yell "What the hell are you doing?"
Crown prosecutor Vicki Loury told the court Jake had been stabbed multiple times to the head, neck, chest and stomach.
In what was considered one of two fatal blows, the knife had been plunged 18cm into Jake's chest, severing his coronary artery leading to "catastrophic blood loss", Ms Loury said.
Cuts to his hands showed Jake had tried to fend off the blows, she said.
A neighbour saw Smith and his friend leaving the house and, knowing Mrs Lasker was not home, went to investigate and came upon the horrific crime scene.
As he left the house, Smith concocted a story that Jake had been attacked by an intruder which had prompted Smith and his mate to flee.
The third teen later told police Smith had been talking of hurting Jake in the weeks leading up to the murder and on the day had texted him: "I'm about to do it, I've got rubber gloves on".
Smith eventually admitted to killing Jake, telling police "I never really liked the guy anyway", Ms Loury told the court.
Ms Loury said police observed that Smith had displayed no emotion or any sign of remorse when confessing to the murder and he maintained an indifferent demeanour in court as the facts of the case were read.
His demeanour didn't change as Mrs Lasker read to the court victim impact statements from the family, describing the heartache caused by the loss of their much loved son, brother, grandson and friend.
Smith, now 21, had pleaded guilty to the murder at an earlier court appearance in Brisbane.
Justice Alan Wilson said Jake had been betrayed by someone who he had thought was a friend and companion.
"His last moments must have been filled with pain, horror and confusion," he said.
There was only one sentence that could be imposed, and Justice Wilson sentenced Smith to life imprisonment but declared 748 days spent in pre-sentence custody as time served under the sentence.
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