The attacks took place in Gordonvale, where three generations had lived in two neighboring houses. (ABC News: Sharnie Kim)
A drunken father stabbed his wife and mother-in-law to the extreme north of Queensland was sentenced to life imprisonment for their murders, with a 30-year non-freedom period.
Balwinder Singh Ghuman, 46, was convicted of two counts of murder this morning in a Cairns court.
He was also found guilty of attempting to kill his father-in-law and illegally injuring his daughter.
The attacks took place on March 14, 2016 in Gordonvale, south of Cairns, where three generations had lived in two neighboring houses.
Ghuman pleaded not guilty to the murder of his 43-year-old wife Manjinderjit Ghuman and his mother-in-law Sukhwinder Johal, of the attempted murder of his 75-year-old father-in-law Sarwan Johal and the wounding of his daughter Manraj Singh Ghuman.
The trial felt that Ghuman had been drinking and had lost control after an internal dispute.
Ghuman admitted that his actions caused the two deaths, but during a one-week trial in the Cairns Supreme Court, the defense unsuccessfully claimed that he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and alcoholism and could not form the intention request to kill.
"Wild killing of loved ones"
But in summary, Judge James Henry told the court that "it is not surprising (the jury) rejected defenses in that context".
"The sad reality of human affairs is that the savage killing of loved ones or family members can be caused by an emotional and drunken response to rejection," he said.
"The consequences of your actions have been catastrophic, catastrophic for you, but even more important, catastrophic for your family.
"You inflicted unimaginable pain on them, your actions will have a permanent impact on all of them."
In a statement of emotional impact of the victim being read in court, twenty-year-old daughter Manraj said she wanted her to die instead of her mother and grandmother, and blamed her constant grief for "the selfish" that they he took people away.
"My mother and my grandmother won't see me graduate from university next year," he said.
"My mother and my grandmother will not be there on my wedding day."
Judge Henry sentenced Ghuman to live in jail for the two murders, 15 years for the attempted murder and two years for illegal injuries, with a 30-year non-word period.
Police and ambulance vehicles on a suburban street at the scene of a fatal double stab in Gordonvale, near Cairns, on March 14, 2016. (ABC News)
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