Melbourne man has jail sentence increased after hiding friends body in bin

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A Melbourne man who killed a graphic designer friend and kept his body stuffed in a wheelie bin for 17 years has had his jail sentence increased.

John Christianos’s body was left undiscovered for 17 years after being hidden by John Spencer White in a wheelie bin inside a Melbourne storage unit.

John Spencer White admitted the 2001 manslaughter of John Christianos in 2018 after he stopped paying storage fees.

Unaware his body was hidden in a bin two suburbs from his home in East Bentleigh, Victoria Police had appealed for help to find his 40-year-old victim after he was reported missing in 2001.

Prosecutors appealed the six-and-a-half-year jail sentence he was handed last year. The prosecutors argued White had shown no respect for the law as he shot the victim twice, after the pair argued.

Victoria’s Court of Appeal on Wednesday increased White’s sentence to nine years.

He’ll be eligible for parole after serving six years. He had initially been ordered to serve at least three-and-a-half years.

White had claimed he fired the fatal shots after Mr Christianos threatened him with a knife. He then said he panicked when he stuffed his friend’s body into a wheelie bin that he kept in a storage locker.

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