Harley Hicks - Judgement day: LIVE UPDATES

AUDIO: Justice Stephen Kaye delivers life term to Harley Hicks.

VIDEO: Harley Hicks was today sentenced to life with a minimum of 32 years for the murder of baby Zayden Veal-Whitting.

Baby Zayden Veal-Whitting

Baby Zayden Veal-Whitting

FULL REVIEW: The entire Harley Hicks trial - day by day

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NEWS LEAD: Life sentence for Harley Hicks

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OPINION: Life sentence the correct justice for all

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11.06am: Hicks has been removed from court.

11.02am: Harley Hicks sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non-parole period of 32 years.

File picture: Harley Hicks.

File picture: Harley Hicks.

11.01am: Harley Hicks sentenced to life in prison. 

11am:  'The primary victim of your crime was a helpless defenceless infant,' but Justice Kaye says he must consider Hicks' age.

10.56am: 'All human life is sacrosanct but the community places special value on the innocent and the lives who are young and vulnerable,' Justice Kaye says.

10.54am: 'There's a real need to protect the community from you', Justice Kaye says.

10.53am: 'You are a danger to the community. Especially to the defenceless and vulnerable members of it', Justice Kaye says.

10.52am: Justice Kaye says Hicks shows poor prospects for rehabilitation.

10.51am: Justice Kaye said Hicks did not have a psychiatric disorder but his personal history showed he suffered behavioural disorders from an early age, compounded by his family life, sexual abuse and long standing abuse of alcohol and drugs.

10.48am: Justice Kaye says Hicks did not always comply with conditions ordering him to get help for his addictions.

File picture: Harley Hicks.

File picture: Harley Hicks.

10.46am: Justice Kaye said Hicks used alcohol and drugs from a young age and methyl amphetamine on a regular basis since 2011.

Baby Zayden Veal-Whitting.

Baby Zayden Veal-Whitting.

10.43am: Justice Kaye says he quoted the statements to show the 'indescribable grief and pain as a direct consequence of the crime'.

10.41am: Justice Kaye quotes Zayden's mother's victim impact statement that says, 'I miss Zayden each second of each day. Words cannot describe the pain I feel for both my sons.

'I am serving a life sentence .. all I have is memories and most of them are tainted by this crime.'

Justice Kaye quotes father James Whitting's impact statement:

'The tragic and needless loss of my son Zayden devastated us all. I don't even know where to begin to express the pain in my heart.'

10.40am: The English language is 'entirely inadequate' to describe their grief and anguish, Justice Kaye said.

10.37am: Justice Kaye says of particular concern was Hicks' criminal history and escalating violence.

'There are other victims of your crime who have suffered and continue to suffer,' Justice Kaye said.

10.33am: Justice Kaye said 'At no stage of the trial could I detect from you any sign of remorse'. 

Justice Kaye said he observed Hicks during the trial and he showed no indication of any pity for the baby or the family.

10.28am: Justice Kaye said 'You have shown no remorse for what you have done'.

10.24am: 'Your offending places this case in the worst cases of murder that come before this court. The life of a baby is particularly special and precious. What you did was totally and utterly evil,' Justice Kaye said.

10.23am: Justice Kaye said Hicks put up an innocent man as a false killer 'in order to save your skin'.

10.18am: Justice Kaye said Hicks struck the fatal blows because he 'specifically intended to kill him'.

10.16am: Justice Kaye said the full account of the injuries to Zayden was harrowing to say the least.

He said he could only imagine the heartbreak of Zayden's mother, Casey Veal, and those who loved Zayden.

10.12am: Justice Kaye said what Hicks did in Zayden's room when he killed him with considerable violence was clear 'but what is unclear is why you did it'.

10am: JUSTICE Stephen Kaye has begun addressing the Supreme Court as he prepares to deliver his sentence for baby killer Harley Hicks.

Justice Kaye said Hicks 'unleashed a ferocious attack on Zayden' that night and the prosecution's case was very powerful.

Extra security is in place outside the Bendigo court ahead of Harley Hicks' sentencing today. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Extra security is in place outside the Bendigo court ahead of Harley Hicks' sentencing today. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Extra security is in place outside the Bendigo court ahead of Harley Hicks' sentence today.

Hicks, 21, of Long Gully, was found guilty by a Supreme Court jury in April of murdering Bendigo baby Zayden Veal-Whitting.

Hicks was out committing a series of burglaries overnight on June 14/15, 2012, when he entered Zayden's Eaglehawk Road home and bludgeoned the 10-month-old to death with a home-made baton.

More to come.

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