HELL-BENT on revenge, Jamie Sager destroyed everything a Teralba family owned in 2015; flattening their home, four cars and a boat in a bulldozing rampage that was “totally out of proportion” for any grievance he held. But two-and-a-half years on, it seems Sager is still holding a grudge.
The 50-year-old, who was found guilty by a jury in August of the most serious charge relating to his “determined, callous and calculated” plan, had his eyes glued to victim Deborah Kerr and her supporters in the public gallery throughout Judge Tanya Bright’s sentencing remarks in Newcastle District Court on Friday.
It wasn’t until Judge Bright asked Sager to stand up that he broke his gaze.
Sager turned his attention to the judge long enough to hear he had been sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in jail, with a non-parole period of 10 years. He will be eligible for release in June, 2025, at the age of 60.
“See you lying dogs later,” Sager said as he was being led down to the cells.
Ms Kerr was relieved the judicial process was finally over, but still held fears for the future.
“We’re going to try and get on with our lives,” she said. “It's been hard, it’s something I wouldn't wish upon anyone, but we're slowly getting there.
“I know if he gets out we'll be targeted, I know that.”
In the early hours of June 8, 2015, Sager stole a 49-tonne bulldozer from a nearby mine site, drove it through bush tracks, waited until sunrise and then headed for the home on The Weir Road.
He then destroyed four cars – completely flattening two – and a boat before turning his attention on the house.
“The offender set out to extract revenge on the family in a manner that was out of all proportion for any grievance he may have had,” Judge Bright said.
“It is wholly apparent that he showed a complete disregard for anyone inside the house. His conduct was callous, calculated and determined.”
Public Defender Peter Krisenthal had submitted Sager was at risk of being institutionalised, noting he had spent almost 20 years of his adult life in custody.
Judge Bright agreed.
“The offender has manifested a continuing attitude of disobedience for the law,” Judge Bright said.
“It is clear nothing has deterred him so far.”