RIXON MURDER TRIAL
FOR 18 months, it’s been a rollercoaster ride of emotions but this afternoon the callous killer of slain Tamworth police officer David Rixon will finally learn his fate.
Michael Allan Jacobs, 49, is facing a life sentence for the 2012 murder but Supreme Court Judge Justice Richard Button will ultimately decide if he’s ever to be released from prison.
But whatever happens today, the family and friends of Senior Constable David Rixon have already been given a life sentence, according to the police ssociation.
“Nothing will ever bring David back,” police association president Scott Weber said.
“The family is already suffering a life sentence. The longing and sadness for their husband, father, son and best friend.”
The 40-year-old father-of-six was shot after a routine traffic stop went horribly wrong in Lorraine St, West Tamworth on that fateful morning last year.
A busload of Oxley police officers who used to serve side-by-side with Senior Constable Rixon left for Sydney at first light this morning, the journey down a constant reminder of what unfolded in front of them on March 2, 2012.
They will join family, friends and the police hierarchy who will pack Courtroom 3 of the Supreme Court in Sydney to hear the judgement.
Already the Oxley command and family have sat through a gruelling five-week trial where they heard the Senior Constable’s last words, the fatal shots ring out and his final moments.
In-car video, the police voice recording of the altercation and dozens of witness accounts detailed the chilling moments of the killing.
Senior Constable Rixon was lauded for arresting his own killer.
The highway patrol officer fired multiple shots back after he was shot, put his Glock back in his holster and handcuffed Jacobs before he collapsed on the street.
Jacobs maintained his innocence throughout the trial, instead pointing the finger at convicted drug dealer Terrence “Terry” Price.
But it took the jury just an hour to reject that, finding Jacobs guilty of murder in July.
Today’s sentencing will have ramifications for police in more ways than one.
It’ll be the first time the NSW government’s legislation of mandatory life sentences for cop killers has been tested in court.
“It’s been a long, long time ... they have waited for this day,” Mr Weber said.
“It’s not only a police officer, we’ve lost a friend and a colleague.
“It’s a reflection for them [police] in regards to protection and the utilisation of the new legislation.”
Jacobs sentence will be handed down at 2pm.