I hated my father, I wanted him dead
Two years after Jack Van Krevel was hacked to death, his daughter has confessed to being the mastermind behind the murder, reports Ellen Connolly.
In the early hours of August 18, 2000, Belinda Van Krevel was woken by noises coming from the next room where her father, Jack, was sleeping.
They were "weird" noises - "like someone getting killed", she recalled.
But the 19-year-old did nothing about it. Instead she lay in bed with a two-year-old child listening as her father was hacked to death. Struck 25 times, stabbed a further 16, Jack took a long time to die.
"What's happening to poppy?" the child asked.
Even when the bludgeoning was finally over Van Krevel did not go to check on him. Instead she got up, put on a children's video, then waited an hour and a half before she drove to a Wollongong police station to report a possible intruder.
Even after her lover, Keith Schreiber, confessed to the crime and was jailed, she denied any involvement. Until yesterday.
In the Supreme Court, Van Krevel, now 22, pleaded guilty to soliciting her boyfriend, Schreiber, to murder her father as he slept in his Albion Park home.
Van Krevel had initially been charged with murder and her trial had been due to start last week. But when a key witness fell through a plea bargain was offered by the Crown. She faces a maximum 25 years' jail.
The confession is the latest - and perhaps the last - twist to the events in which three men have been murdered in shocking circumstances.
Van Krevel's brother, Mark Valera, is the youngest person in the state to be jailed for life for the 1998 mutilation murders of alleged pedophile and former Wollongong mayor, Frank Arkell, and shopkeeper David O'Hearn.
The Supreme Court was told yesterday that Van Krevel had asked Schreiber to kill her father.
Schreiber said he did not know if she was serious or not, but knew "she wanted him done".
Later Van Krevel told him she believed her father was interfering with a family member. She told others she hated her father and wanted him dead.
And so Schreiber entered the house through a window left open for him by Van Krevel. Using weapons planted by Van Krevel - a knife, tomahawk and fire poker - he killed Jack.
The attack was vicious and drawn out. His neck was almost severed, and blood was spattered all over the ceiling and walls.
"I just wanted it to be quick ... [I said] 'die you f-----, hurry up
and f------ die'," Schreiber said in his police interview.
"The f------ prick wouldn't die ... resilient bastard."
Police alleged hate and greed had motivated Van Krevel to commit the crime. She knew she and her brother were the sole beneficiaries of her father's substantial estate. Her mother, Elizabeth Carroll, gave evidence that following the murder Belinda had told her she had offered Schreiber $2000 to kill her father.
When Schreiber was taken into custody she paid money into his account, wrote him love letters, and was recorded telling a girlfriend she was glad Schreiber had killed her father.
"I'm happy except for the fact that both you and Mark are in there - I miss you heaps," she wrote in a letter to her jailed lover afterwards.
In jailing Schreiber last year for a minimum of 12 years, Justice Peter Hidden described Jack's murder as "the most brutal killing", but said Schreiber's actions were to a significant degree the result of Van Krevel's influence.
When police went to the house with her after the murder, she asked them: "He's dead, isn't he? Something bad has happened, hasn't it?" On learning he was dead, she had asked : "Was he shot. How did he die?"
Submissions on sentence will begin on March 21.
This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/02/10/1044725736749.html