Australian man gets 11 years for Airbnb killing

Australian man gets 11 years for Airbnb killing

File photo woman browses Airbnb
File photo: A person browses the site of Airbnb on a tablet in Berlin on Apr 28, 2016. (Photo:AFP / JOHN MACDOUGALL

SYDNEY: A Melbourne resident was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Tuesday (Mar 19) for killing a man for failing to pay charges on a room he found on Airbnb, Australia's national broadcaster said.

Jason Rohan Colton had earlier been convicted for the manslaughter of Ramis Jonuzi, 36, over A$210 (US$150) in room charges.

In handing down the sentence, Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth called the attack on Jonuzi "cowardly, vicious and unprovoked", the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

Jonuzi had booked a short-stay room in the Melbourne home that Colton rented in October 2017.

The court heard Colton choked, punched and kicked Jonuzi, who later died of his injuries.

Two other men who took part in the attack had earlier received jail terms of nine and seven-and-a-half years respectively.

Evidence introduced in court included a police interview of Colton in which he said Jonuzi "deserved everything he got".

Justice Hollingworth ordered that Colton serve at least eight years without parole.

Source: AFP/nc