"GRIEF is heavy, exhausting and isolating."
That's how the heartbroken sister of Daryl Corcoran, Alison Shorten, describes the emptiness she and her family live with after he was stabbed 86 times and killed by a man who will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Osmond Roy Greig pleaded guilty to murder in a Brisbane court and was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday over the horrific 2016 attack.
And while Christmas, birthdays and family celebrations will never be the same without Daryl, who lived in Tamworth until three months before the attack, Ms Shorten will always remember his laugh.
"He was the type of person that was always there when you needed him, he would give you the shirt off his back," she said.
"Losing Daryl has had a profound impact on myself and my family.
"Something new occurs to me everyday that reminds me of him and that makes me feel the pain of losing him and the rawness all over again."
Daryl was murdered on the night of November 22, 2016 about 11:25pm.
Greig had used an axe to break a window and enter the home south-east of Brisbane, where his ex-wife [Daryl's partner], and three children were asleep.
After he stabbed Daryl, Greig turned the knife on himself and cut his own legs, arms and throat, the Brisbane Supreme Court heard.
Ms Shorten said that night, her world crashed down and her life changed forever.
"My brother was gone, and not because of an accident or disease, and not by any choice of his own," she said in her victim impact statement, which she read to the court.
"His life was taken by another person.
"That was the worst night of my life."
Daryl wasn't only Ms Shorten's and her two siblings' brother, he was a father-of-three, a son, a partner, a grandfather, an uncle, cousin, nephew and a good friend to many.
Ms Shorten said Daryl loved his family and friends.
"We all loved him, he was always there when we needed him and a laugh you never forget, he was always present in my life," she said.
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