Ljube Veleski: Quadruple murderer walks free 25 years after killing his family in Wollongong

Ljube Veleski: Quadruple murderer walks free 25 years after killing his family in Wollongong 2
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Quadruple murderer walks FREE from jail 25 years after slaughtering his entire family including his wife, six-year-old girl and twin babies in rampage that shocked Australia

  • Father who slit throats of his wife and children and piled their bodies walks free
  • Ljube Velevski, now 57, was sentenced to 25 years in jail for four murders in 1994
  • He claims he was sleeping and his wife killed their daughter and newborn twins 
  • Velevski’s sentenced ended on Thursday with the killer freed from prison
  • His wife’s family say they had no idea he was out of jail and aren’t happy 
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A father who slit the throats of his wife and children before stacking their bodies inside their family home in a crime described as the ‘worst imaginable’ has been freed from jail after serving a ‘life’ sentence.

Ljube Veleski brutally slaughtered his partner Snezana, six-year-old daughter Zaklina and newborn twins Daniel and Dijana in their Wollongong house in 1994.

He was given a maximum sentence of 25 years behind bars – which expired on Thursday, meaning the 57-year-old is now free.

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman said Velevski had undergone a high-risk offender assessment.

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‘The offender will have served 25 years in jail, being the full term of his sentence, and as a result, will be legally entitled to full liberty,’ Mr Speakman said.

Ljube Veleski (right) brutally slaughtered his partner Snezana, six-year-old daughter Zaklina and their newborn twins Daniel and Dijana in their Wollongong house in 1994

Ljube Veleski (right) brutally slaughtered his partner Snezana, six-year-old daughter Zaklina and their newborn twins Daniel and Dijana in their Wollongong house in 1994

Velevski claims his wife Snezana locked herself inside the bedroom and committed a murder-suicide

Velevski claims his wife Snezana locked herself inside the bedroom and committed a murder-suicide 

On June 20, 1994, police found the bodies of Velevski’s family with their throats cut open stacked on top of each other inside their home in Berkeley in the city’s south.

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The father initially told police he had not seen his family since the previous night and that his wife had taken their children into a room and locked the door.

Officers broke into the bedroom and found the bodies piled between a bed and cot.

Velevski denied murdering them, claiming he had been asleep in his daughter’s room for 17-straight hours prior to police finding their corpses.

He was found guilty after an eight-week trial in 1997 – with a court sentencing him to 25 years jail for four counts of murder.

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Prosecutors believe he killed them after his wife threatened to leave him.

On June 20, 1994, police found the bodies of Velevski's family with their throats cut open stacked on top of each other inside their home in Wollongong's southern suburbs

On June 20, 1994, police found the bodies of Velevski’s family with their throats cut open stacked on top of each other inside their home in Wollongong’s southern suburbs

One of the key elements of the trial was proving it was Velevski who killed his family rather than his wife.

Six forensic experts attended the crime scene, with three determining it was probable the father killed his family while two said it was his partner.

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Mendo Josifovski, his wife’s brother, said the judge’s decision was ‘a joke’ and ‘too lenient’ after sentencing him to 19 years without parole.

Velevski attempted to overturn the conviction to the NSW Supreme Court in 1999 but it was dismissed.

‘The conviction should be quashed… the jury ought to have had a reasonable doubt as to the guilt of the accused,’ dissenting Justice David Kirby said at the time.

‘There is, in my belief, a significant possibility that an innocent person has been convicted.’

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His wife Snezana (pictured) was brutally murdered by Velevski alongside her young children

Six-year-old Zaklina was also slaughtered by her murderer father at their Wollongong home in 1994

Wife Snezana (left) and six-year-old Zaklina (right) were brutally murdered by Velevski inside their Wollongong home in 1994

Newborn twins Daniel and Dijana also had their throats cut by their father -  with prosecutors arguing he committed the murders after his wife threatened to leave them

Newborn twins Daniel and Dijana also had their throats cut by their father –  with prosecutors arguing he committed the murders after his wife threatened to leave them

The court heard evidence that Snezana was suffering from postnatal depression and that her family had a history of mental issues, but her obstetrician said she was ‘exactly the opposite’ of that description.

The case was then appealed to the High Court where it was also dismissed. 

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On Thursday, Mr Speakman said despite Velevski committing the ‘worst imaginable’ crime, he had served his time and there were no chances of an extended supervision order or a continued detention order.

NSW State Parole Authority declined his parole in May, 2016 because he had ‘not engaged in any programs to address his violent offending’.

His wife’s family were only informed by journalists that Velevski was set to walk free on Thursday.

They said they weren’t happy and had no idea where he may be living.     

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NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman said despite the nature of Velevski's past, he has undergone a high-risk offender assessment and is eligible to return to the public

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman said despite the nature of Velevski’s past, he has undergone a high-risk offender assessment and is eligible to return to the public

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