Isabel Hayes June 30, 2012
A former Sydney bank teller, who suffocated an elderly customer after stealing $115,000 from her, slumped to the floor, gasping and moaning, as a judge sent her to prison for at least 14 and a half years.
Kaycee Udele Henzon, 29, hid her face behind her long hair and cried as she was sentenced yesterday for the murder of 72-year-old Nancy Brayshaw.
Ms Brayshaw's relatives, who had described her as ''gentle'' and ''fiercely loyal'', wept and exchanged smiles after the sentence was handed down, while prison officers helped a moaning Henzon to her feet and led her away.
The NSW Supreme Court heard Henzon murdered Ms Brayshaw in her Epping home on November 19, 2009, after defrauding her of $115,000. She had also defrauded a couple of $16,000.
Before pleading guilty to the crimes, Henzon made up an elaborate story about intruders in surgical slippers, one wearing an opera mask and the other a clown mask with orange hair, wrestling herself and Ms Brayshaw to the ground and forcing plastic bags over their faces. She said she had been sexually assaulted in the attack and passed out for two hours, before fleeing the scene.
Justice Peter Hidden said, ''This account was a complete fabrication.''
But despite her guilty pleas, Henzon had given no explanation of what led to the crimes and the circumstances in which the murder was committed, the judge said.
He said Henzon probably entered Ms Brayshaw's house about 11am that morning, ''seeking in some way to prevent the discovery of her fraud''. He accepted the struggle was ''spontaneous'' and that Henzon acted with reckless indifference to human life.
The court heard Henzon had since been diagnosed with a life-threatening auto-immune disease, which the judge took into account along with her guilty pleas.
Justice Hidden sentenced her to a minimum of 18 months for two counts of fraud and a minimum of 13 years for the murder. AAP