Andrew Perkins fails in his bid to appeal severity of sentence for murdering Kieran Priestland

MISSED: Kieran Priestland was brutally stabbed to death outside a home in NIagara Park in February, 2014. On Monday, murderer Andrew Perkins's appeal was dismissed.
MISSED: Kieran Priestland was brutally stabbed to death outside a home in NIagara Park in February, 2014. On Monday, murderer Andrew Perkins's appeal was dismissed.

ANDREW Perkins – the man who got a jailhouse teardrop tattoo on his face after brutally stabbing an 18-year-old man to death on the Central Coast in 2014 – has failed in his bid to have his jail term reduced. 

Perkins, now 22, had launched an appeal against the severity of his maximum 20-year jail term in the Court of Criminal Appeal, claiming the sentence was “manifestly excessive” due to his age and immaturity and Justice Richard Button had failed to take into account several mitigating factors, including that a relapse of Hodgkin’s lymphoma had led him to become dependent on synthetic cannabis and alcohol. 

But on Monday, Chief Judge Clifton Hoeben dismissed Perkins’s appeal, ruling that the punishment was reasonable given the grave seriousness of the offence.  

Perkins stabbed Kieran Priestland six times in the chest while Mr Priestland sat in the driver’s seat of his car outside a home in Niagara Park in February, 2014.

Perkins was expected to face a trial, but pleaded guilty to murder on July 11, 2016.

He was later sentenced to a maximum of 20 years and six months in jail, with a non-parole period of 15 years. He will be eligible for parole in 2029. 

Perkins’s former girlfriend, Rachel Manevski, who was 20 at the time of the murder, was found not guilty of murder, but guilty of being an accessory after the fact to murder following a three-week trial. 

She was sentenced to a maximum of four years and six months, with a non-parole period of three years.