Lawyers fight back against Sica's 35-year non-parole period

LAWYERS for triple murderer Max Sica have argued the non-parole period for the brutal killings should be 25 to 30 years, not the 35 years he was sentenced to, during an appeal.

Sica was found guilty last year after a lengthy trial of brutally murdering his former girlfriend, Neelma Singh, 24, and her siblings, Kunal, 18, and Sidhi, 12, at Bridgeman Downs on April 21, 2003.

The sentencing justice described the murder as "brutal, horrific crimes in the worst categories of murder" committed in a jealous rage.

The Crown had asked for 45 years without parole but Justice John Byrne sentenced him to at least 35 years behind bars, the longest term in Queensland history.

Barrister Tony Glynn, on Monday, said that non-parole period was manifestly excessive and argued the conviction was unsound.

He said there was evidence that should not have been admitted and that unfair weight was given to a jury trial when a judge-only trial was sought.

The Crown argued the evidence was admissible and a jury trial was open on the evidence before the justice.

They also argued this was an "extraordinary case" and the justice had sentencing discretion to order a 35-year non-parole period, especially when no remorse "whatsoever" was indicated.

"There is no scope for an actual miscarriage of justice occurring," the prosecutor said.

When Sica was convicted, he said "I didn't kill no one and the Queensland justice system is corrupt".

The Court of Appeal has reserved its judgment.

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