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Police officer's killer gets life
Updated: 15:50, Friday October 4, 2013Police officer's killer gets life

Michael Allan Jacobs has been jailed forlife for the murder of Tamworth policeman David Rixon.

Senior Constable Rixon's widow Fiona Rixon, his children, hisparents, NSW police minister Michael Gallacher, assistantCommissioner Mark Murdoch, NSW Police Association's Scott Weber andhomicide superintendent Chris Olen were all present in the packedcourtroom.

A large group of police officers, who were transported toSydney's Supreme Court on a bus from Tamworth, also attended theproceedings.

Before sentencing, Justice Richard Button described at lengththe seriousness of murdering a police officer, saying it was moreserious than killing a civilian.

'The murder of a police officer is a direct assault on oursystem of parliamentary democracy,' he said.

Justice Button also said he was 'satisfied beyond reasonabledoubt that... he intended to kill him.'

Jacobs' month-long trial earlier this year heard he shot theTamworth father-of-six in the chest after being pulled over for arandom breath test.

Sen Const Rixon returned fire, hitting Jacobs in the abdomen,leg and shoulder.

Jacobs could then be heard screaming, 'Die, I'm sorry. Sorrysir, sorry'.

Sen Const Rixon, 40, died at the scene while Jacobs underwentlife-saving surgery.

During his five-week trial earlier this year, Jacobs, 49, triedto pin the blame on a local drug dealer, Terry Price, but this wasrejected by the jury, who took only an hour to find him guilty.

The Crown argued that Jacobs had been disqualified from drivingand was facing the threat of imprisonment when he was approached bythe officer.

In 2011, the NSW government passed a law to make life sentencesmandatory for people who murder police officers.

The Police Association of NSW welcomed the life sentence handedto Jacobs.

'This is about ensuring the strongest possible message - thosewho murder police will be locked up for life,' the association'spresident said in a statement.

Mr Weber said the sentence had 'been a long time coming'.

'It highlights that David Rixon did not give his life in vain,'he said.

'The life sentence given to Jacobs doesn't take away the painand senseless waste of the life he so callously took, we all feelthe loss.'

More than a dozen police officers formed a guard of honouroutside the court as the Rixon family and the state's top copswalked out of the Supreme Court building.

Outside the court, NSW Police Minister Michael Gallacher said'today the courts got it right'.

'The legislation was absolutely spot on, the interpretation spoton,' he said.

'Let this serve as an example to all those in the future whothink it's okay to harm our police officers.'

Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said it was an emotional dayfor the police force, which had lost one of its finest.

'Today justice has been served and served well.'

Ms Rixon was close to tears as she made a short statement to thelarge media pack thanking the police force and the Tamworthcommunity.

'I'm very proud of my children - we've been through thishurricane, tornado, roller coaster ride, whatever you want to callit, for the last 18 months.'
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