A 42-year-old Australian was on Thursday sentenced to at least 35 years in jail without parole for brutally killing his Indian-origin girlfriend and her two siblings in 2003. It is the longest sentence handed down in Queensland history.

Queensland Supreme Court judge John Byrne handed down three life sentences to Massimo ‘Max’ Sica for killing his former girlfriend, 24-year-old Neelma Singh, and her siblings, Kunal (18) and Sidhi (12) in 2003 in Brisbane. The three were found dead at their parents’ home at Bridgeman Downs, on Brisbane’s northern fringe.

Mr.Justice Byrne called Sica manipulative and deceitful and said he had shown no remorse for the “brutal, horrific crimes in the worst category of murder”.

Sica showed no emotion as the sentence was read out.

On Tuesday, a jury of eight men and four women had found Sica guilty of the triple murder.

Sica was sentenced to serve a life sentence for each victim, and Mr. Justice Byrne said he must not be released for 35 years unless under exceptional circumstances.

The bodies were found inside a spa in the bedroom suite on April 22, 2003, by Sica who said he entered the home after becoming concerned when Neelima failed to take his calls.

Charges were laid on December 30, 2008 after a painstaking forensic investigation.

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