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Launceston murderer sentenced to 22 years behind bars


Launceston murderer Ian Rosewall has been sentenced to 22 years jail in the Launceston Supreme Court, having killed his Mayfield housemate by repeatedly hitting him in the head with a hammer in 2016.

24-year-old Tyson Timothy Clark-Robertson was struck at least four times in the back of the head.

The court heard Rosewall had only recently begun dating 21-year-old Renae Lorraine Donald, who had been in a relationship with Mr Clark-Robertson until shortly after the three of them moved into the same house.

47-year-old Rosewall buried the body in the backyard.

The court heard after the murder, Rosewall and Donald undertook a "joint and sophisticated strategy" to make the victim's family and friends believe he was still alive. The pair continued collecting Mr Clark-Robertson’s Centrelink payments and used his Facebook account to communicate with his family.

Mr Clark-Robertson was reported missing 10 months after his death, when his Dad became suspicious.

Rosewall did not admit to the murder until he was interviewed by the psychologist at Risdon Prison in 2018.

Justice Robert Pearce sentenced Rosewall to 22 years jail with a 12-and-a-half year non-parole period. The judge said the attempt to cover up the murder was “callous and cruel”.

Donald has pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact. She will be sentenced at a later date.