Daniel Kelsall: jailed for a minimum 30 years. Photo: Brendan Esposito
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Daniel Kelsall: jailed for a minimum 30 years. Photo: Brendan Esposito

Oliver Huxley, Morgan Huxley’s brother, arrives at court. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Deidree Huxley, right, the mother of murdered man Morgan Huxley, with a family friend at Darlinghurst court in Sydney. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Daniel Kelsall: jailed for a minimum 30 years. Photo: Brendan Esposito

Daniel Kelsall: jailed for a minimum 30 years. Photo: Brendan Esposito

When a psychologist asked Daniel Kelsall to define the word “terminate”, he responded: “To kill. To completely extinguish the life source”.

It was an answer that surprised Dr Susan Pulman, who said most people, even violent criminals, usually responded with “to end” or “to stop”.

As Kelsall sat in jail talking to Dr Pulman before being sentenced for the murder of Morgan Huxley, his behaviour was at odds with someone who was facing the prospect of a life sentence: he was upbeat, polite, and appeared to be enjoying the attention.

That strange manner was apparent as the 22-year-old calmly sat in the NSW Supreme Court on Wednesday, subtly smirking as he was described as a “monster” and a “vile thing” by Mr Huxley’s relatives.

Justice Robert Allan Hulme sentenced Kelsall to at least 30 years’ jail for the murder and indecent assault of Mr Huxley, with a maximum term of 40 years and three months.

Mr Huxley was lying in bed in his Neutral Bay apartment when Kelsall snuck in through an unlocked door, groped him and stabbed him more than 20 times early on September 8, 2013.

Justice Hulme read parts of Dr Pulman’s report to the court, giving insight into Kelsall’s strange behaviour and disturbed mind.

Despite growing up in a loving and supportive environment with his adoptive parents, Kelsall was a cold and emotionless person, who once said he enjoyed inflicting pain.

The court heard that more than a year before the murder, Kelsall reported having violent thoughts of killing a stranger with a knife on his way home from work for the “thrill of it”.

“Given he is a young man of superior intelligence, with a known history of emotional detachment, it’s my opinion that he remains dangerous,” Justice Hulme said, reading from the psychologist’s report.

It was most likely that Kelsall had a personality disorder, with “psychopathic traits”, but no mental condition that excused his crime in any way, the court heard.

Justice Hulme found that Kelsall was armed with a knife when he followed Mr Huxley home from the Oaks Hotel in the early hours of that morning, and he had the intention to cause serious harm.

“This is a most chilling case of murder, whether the offender killed for the thrill of it … or as a result of a fantasy or obsession, I’m unable to say,” Justice Hulme said.

“He is not remorseful and continues to deny his guilt.

“It was utterly senseless and needless. It must have been the doing of a very disturbed individual.”

Earlier, the Huxley family described their anguish, sitting less than two metres from Kelsall.

With heavy shoulders and an ashen face, Mr Huxley’s brother Oliver said he was plagued by visions of Morgan’s death.

“I see Morgan waking up … and trying to stop the dark figure … on top of him.

“I see Morgan’s strong arms trying to fend off what he can’t see. I see Morgan covered in blood, trying to breathe.”

Mr Huxley’s sister Tiffany said their family no longer celebrated birthdays or Christmas.

“Morgan’s murder has snuffed out so much light in my life that I sometimes wonder what the point is.”

Kelsall will be 50 when he is eligible for parole.

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