Murderer used fake Facebook account
A man who created a fake Facebook account to lure a teenage animal-lover into bushland before killing her had been released on parole for kidnapping another young woman just months earlier.
Christopher James Dannevig, 22, pleaded guilty last year to the murder of Nona Belomesoff near Waminda Oval, Campbelltown on May 12, 2010.
The NSW Supreme Court yesterday heard that eight days after his release from jail, Dannevig met Ms Belomesoff, 18, of Cecil Hills on the social networking site Oasis Active.
On learning she was passionate about animal welfare, he created a Facebook account under the name Jason Green. He sent her a friend request, telling her he was a team leader at the NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service and offered her a job.
The Crown prosecutor, Christopher Maxwell, QC, said Dannevig showed a ''good degree of planning'' by ''tapping into a passion the young woman had'' for animal welfare. He took her into bushland on the guise of WIRES training on five occasions before he killed her.
He asked for her bank account details on the pretence of paying her a wage and also coaxed her into revealing that her pin number was her year of birth.
Dannevig's defence barrister, Philip Young, SC, said his client had been assessed as having an intellectual disability, meaning ''he is not functioning on the level that 99 per cent of the community are functioning''.
The fact Dannevig used her ATM card - in full view of CCTV - to virtually clear out Ms Belomesoff's account on the day of her death ''doesn't suggest a sophisticated and elaborate plan'', he said.
Mr Young said the online contact and previous bush trips did not prove her death was premeditated.
During a recorded interview with an undercover police officer in jail, Dannevig said the pair had an argument and he pushed Ms Belomesoff, resulting in her hitting her head on rocks in a creek bed. He then held her underwater for two minutes until she drowned.
Mr Young said it was likely Dannevig had hoped to have a relationship with Ms Belomesoff and his actions ''occurred spontaneously and on the spur of the moment'' after the argument.
The court heard in December 2009 Dannevig had been jailed for two years for kidnapping a young woman and taking her into bushland in Casula 13 months earlier. He was disturbed by a member of the public during that attack. He was released on parole on February 12, 2010 - eight days before he made contact with Ms Belomesoff online - and a little more than three months before her death.
As Dannevig was led out of the court, a female who was there in support of Ms Belomesoff's mother screamed, ''you murderer'' and ''burn in hell''.
Justice Peter Hall will sentence Dannevig on August 31.