Killer who stabbed his teenage victim, 17, to death is living in a hotel at the taxpayers’ expense


Sadistic killer who stabbed 17-year-old victim to death, decapitated him and used his head as a bowling ball is living in a hotel at UK taxpayers’ expense after being deported from Australia back to Britain

  • Christopher Clark Jones was jailed for murdering Morgan Jay Shepherd in 2005
  • Was released on parole and deported from Australia back to the UK last month
  • He has been living in a £100-a-night hotel and also receives spending mone

A notorious killer who stabbed his teenage victim 133 times before decapitating him has been living off taxpayers money at a hotel after he was deported from Australia back to the UK. 

Christopher Clark Jones, 36, who was jailed for life after murdering 17-year-old homeless teenager Morgan Jay Shepherd at Sandgate, north of Brisbane, in 2005, arrived back to Britain last month after he was kicked out of Australia. 

However it has now been reported that the sadistic killer, who served only 15 years of his sentence, has been living in a £100-a-night hotel and also receives spending money to live on.

A source told The Sun: ‘He’s one of Australia’s most notorious murderers who should have spent the rest of his life behind bars.

Christopher Clark Jones, 36, was released and taken onto a plane by Australian Border Office officials last month

Jones was jailed for life after murdering 17-year-old homeless teenager Morgan Jay Shepherd in Brisbane, Australia, in 2005

Jones was jailed for life after murdering 17-year-old homeless teenager Morgan Jay Shepherd in Brisbane, Australia, in 2005

‘But he’s now living life as a free man in London without a care in the world.

‘He quite openly talks about his past. He has no remorse and is a cocky type.’

He has also been sighted eating fry-ups, smoking and drinking beer close to his hotel, according to The Sun.

In 2007, Jones was convicted of murdering Mr Shepherd after a drunken argument at a house rented by his co-accused James Patrick Roughan in 2005.

During the trial, a court heard Mr Shepherd was living at a Brisbane youth hostel at the time and was drinking with the two older men the night he was killed.

The 17-year-old was stabbed repeatedly and was decapitated with an axe before the Jones and Roughan used the head as a bowling ball and a puppet. 

The teenager was finally found in a shallow grave in bushland at Dayboro in April 2005 after an anonymous tip-off led police to the body. 

Police also found a woodsaw, carpet and bloodstained clothes at the home where Mr Shepherd was murdered.  

While neither man admitted to killing the teenager, a witness testified that Jones later bragged about his crime.

‘Chris said he stomped on him a bit and then grabbed a knife from the kitchen, stabbed him in the back, stabbed him a few times and then gave the knife to James and James stabbed him a few times,’ the witness told the Supreme Court in 2007. 

The killer was put on to a private jet in June by the Australian Border Force and sent back to the UK

The killer was put on to a private jet in June by the Australian Border Force and sent back to the UK

Jones (pictured with the Australian Border Force) served  15 years of his life sentence

Jones (pictured with the Australian Border Force) served  15 years of his life sentence

Mr Shepherd had been living at a Brisbane youth hostel and was drinking with the two older men the night he was killed

Mr Shepherd had been living at a Brisbane youth hostel and was drinking with the two older men the night he was killed

‘Then James cut the head and Chris pulled it off. James was nodding … (he) had a little smirk on his face. Chris was making a joke of the situation.’

The judge who presided over the trial said the teenager’s murder was the worst case she had ever heard.  

Jones, who was born in Tyneside and moved to Australia as a child, was released on parole in June before being deported by on a private jet chartered by the Australian BorderAustralia back to the UK.

Despite living in Australia, Jones never took up Australian citizenship and later had his visa cancelled by Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton because he was ‘considered to not be of good character’. 

Mr Dutton said it was one of the most ‘abhorrent crimes’ in Queensland’s history and that there was no place in Australia for foreigners who murder locals, The Courier Mail reported.  

Axe killer Christopher Clarke Jones’ first weeks back on UK soil 

By James Fielding and Kevin Donald

What will happen with Christopher Clark Jones touches down on UK soil?

The Home Office is responsible for his transfer from Australia – but once back in the UK his supervision will come under the jurisdiction of the probation service and Ministry of Justice. 

Jones was flown on a private jet chartered by the Australian Border Force (ABF), along with seven other men deported back to Britain.

When he arrives back in the UK, he will be met by UK police and likely be placed in a hostel under supervision for the first few weeks.

Afterwards all relevant information will be passed to the authorities in the area he is planning to live.

What restrictions will be placed upon him?

He will almost certainly be made the subject of a Violent Offender Order.

The Violent Offender Order (VOO) is a civil preventative order designed to help police manage risk more effectively.

They place restrictions on offenders who continue to pose a risk of serious violent harm to the general public by restricting their access to certain places, events or people to whom they pose the highest risk.

A condition of the order would require him to not only register his address with the local police station but to also report any temporary change of address that would keep him away from home for three days.

All sorts of additional restrictions and limitations can be added to Orders, such as requirements to refrain from doing certain activities, going to certain places and seeing certain people.

What happens if he breaches any restrictions?

A breach of a VOO could lead to a further jail sentence of up to five years.

What would have happened if he stayed in Australia? Is there a reciprocal agreement between Australia and UK when it comes to serious criminals?

Had he remained in Australia, Jones would have been on parole for life, which would have involved regular surveillance from police.

Because the UK has a Prison Transfer Agreement with Australia, the remainder of his sentence will be under the jurisdiction of the British authorities meaning he will be assessed by the Probation Service, who will decide his threat level to the public and how he will be managed.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: ‘We are unable to comment on individual cases. However where a Prison Transfer Agreement exists, if an offender has some element of his sentence left to serve the National Probation Service may get involved. This is dealt with on a case by case basis.’

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