‘He can now rot in hell where he belongs’: Ivan Milat is forced to pay for his own cremation – after demanding the government foot his funeral bill
- The 74-year-old murderer died in the hospital of Long Bay Jail on October 27
- Milat’s dying wish for taxpayers to foot his funeral bill has been denied
- NSW Corrections Minister said Milat caused ‘immeasurable pain and suffering’
- His is responsible for the killing seven backpackers between 1989 and 1992
The body of Australia’s worst serial killer Ivan Milat has been cremated and as promised, the NSW government did not pay for it.
The 74-year-old murderer died in the hospital of Long Bay Jail, NSW, on October 27 after being diagnosed with oesophageal and stomach cancer in May.
His dying wish for Corrective Services NSW to foot his funeral bill has been denied, with the government reimbursing the cost from Milat’s prison account.
Ivan Milat (pictured) leaves Randwick Hospital in a wheelchair just weeks before his death
Corrective Services NSW minister Anthony Roberts (pictured) confirmed the murderer did not get the taxpayer funeral he had demanded on Sunday
NSW Corrections Minister Anthony Roberts confirmed the murderer did not get the taxpayer funeral he had demanded on Sunday.
‘Ivan Milat caused immeasurable pain and suffering to his victims and their families,’ Mr Roberts said in a statement on Sunday.
‘He stole hundreds of years away from young innocent lives.
‘His corpse has now been unceremoniously incinerated and he will pay for it. It has already been arranged for the full reimbursement of costs to be paid from his prison account. His last wish has been emphatically denied and he can now rot in hell where he belongs.’
Milat killed seven backpackers and hitch-hikers between 1989 and 1992, whose bodies were found partially buried in the Belanglo State Forest in NSW.
He was handed seven consecutive life sentences for the murders.
Mr Roberts said his department would not may a cent towards burying the loathed killer, while Milat’s family continued to insist they should.
The serial killer’s brother, Bill Milat, was initially in a tense staff-off with the NSW prisons over who would pay for the murderer’s funeral.
‘I’m not going to pay for anything,’ Mr Millat told Daily Mail Australia previously.
‘I don’t care where (he goes) – they can stick him back in Long Bay.’
Joanne Walters, 22, (left) was stabbed to death by Ivan Milat. Her friend Caroline Clarke, 21, (right) was shot 10 times as if she was target practice. The pair disappeared in April, 1992
Deborah Everist (left) and Anja Habschied (right) were among Ivan Milat’s seven victims. Everist, 19, died after being stabbed multiple times. Habschied, 20, was decapitated
Mr Milat was handed a letter from his brother, days before his death, which told him ‘don’t pay for my funeral services or contribute in any way.’
The backpacker killer suggested a pauper’s funeral.
‘That’s not what his last wishes were and it’s as simple as that,’ the stubborn sibling said.
In a previous statement, Mr Roberts said: ‘Hell will freeze over before Corrections pays a cent for this man’s funeral.
Ivan Milat (pictured) murdered seven young backpackers in the south of Sydney between 1989 and 1992