Notorious killer who decapitated a trans truck driver and buried her in a strawberry patch could walk free in just two months – as furious brother demands ‘monster’ stays locked up
- Adelaide murderer Nicole McGuinness will be eligible for parole in October
- McGuinness and Donna Lee Casagrande killed Joanne Lillecrapp in 2001
- The brutal murder saw Ms Lillecrapp dismembered and buried in her garden
- Ms Lillecrapp’s brother said McGuinness is a ‘monster’ who is likely to reoffend
The ‘monster’ junkie who decapitated a trans woman that tried to help her kick her drug habit and buried her in a strawberry patch could walk free in just two months.
Nicole Therese McGuinness was jailed for at least 18 years in 2003 after pleading guilty to the murder of truck driver Joanne ‘John’ Lillecrapp in Angle Vale, Adelaide, but will be eligible for parole in October.
McGuinness took part in the horrific murder that saw Ms Lillecrapp’s decapitated and dismembered body buried in her own backyard, leading to McGuinness becoming known as the Strawberry Patch Killer.
Joanne ‘John’ Lillecrapp (above) was murdered in her Angle Vale home in 2001 by Nicole Therese McGuinness and Donna Lee Casagrande
Ms Lillecrapp had taken in McGuinness and fellow drug user Donna Lee Casagrande into her home to help them kick their drug habits before she was brutally killed in November, 2001.
McGuinness and Casagrande stabbed Ms Lillecrapp in her chest, dismembered her body, burned her head and buried her other body parts.
The pair then fled interstate and were arrested when Casagrande offered to turn herself in at a NSW police station in exchange for methadone, an opioid drug.
Casagrande was released in 2011 after pleading guilty to manslaughter but quickly found herself behind bars again for several theft and trespassing offences.
McGuinness (pictured in blue) will be eligible for parole in October despite breaking the conditions of release twice since she gained freedom in 2021
Ms Lillecrapp’s dismembered body was buried in her backyard under a strawberry patch (above)
McGuinness was first released on parole in early 2021 but recently breached the conditions of her release for the second time by failing drug tests.
The court heard McGuinness broke her 12 years of sobriety after googling herself and seeing articles about her crime.
McGuinness asked to be sentenced to time served in relation to those breaches, allowing her to apply for immediate release once more.
On Tuesday, the court set a new one-year non-parole period but backdated it to October last year, when McGuinness was returned to custody.
That means she will be eligible for parole again in about two months.
Ms Lillecrapp’s heartbroken brother, Ron Lillecrapp, read his his victim impact to the court in July, telling the judge that McGuinness ‘is a dangerous, unpredictable piece of work’.
Ms Lillecrapp’s brother Ron (above) said McGuinness is a ‘monster’ who isn’t ‘fit to call human’ and told the court he believes she will reoffend
‘I’m in total disbelief of the suggestion of her release into the community,’ he told the court at the time.
‘I fear that this monster thinks that she can be rehabilitated into the community and each time she’s had the privilege she’s turned to drugs and reoffended.
‘I cannot express enough how this has affected my life, along with other people and I wish there was a way of saying entirely what I think.
‘I am hurt, I am angry, I am frustrated.
‘I have to live with that for the rest of my life. So who actually has the life sentence here?’
On Tuesday Mr Lillecrapp told Nine News he wanted to say much more on his feelings towards McGuinness but his victim impact statement was heavily censored.
‘I don’t think she’s fit to call human but I wasn’t allowed to say that,’ he said.
‘(My sister/brother) is not here to speak up for himself so someone needs to speak up for him and I’m that person.’