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Man who killed friend and kept body in bin has sentence increased

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<p>A Melbourne man who killed a graphic designer friend and kept his body stuffed in a wheelie bin for 17 years has had his prison sentence increased.</p>
Human remains found stuffed in a bin at Oakleigh South

A Melbourne man who killed a graphic designer friend and kept his body stuffed in a wheelie bin for 17 years has had his prison sentence increased.

John Spencer White admitted the 2001 manslaughter of John Christianos, whose remains were discovered at an Oakleigh South storage facility in 2018 when White stopped paying storage fees.

John Spencer White pictured arriving at the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne earlier this year.

Prosecutors appealed the six-and-a-half-year jail sentence he was handed last year, arguing White had taken the law into his own hands, shooting the victim twice, after the pair argued.

John Christianos went missing from his Melbourne home in July 2001.

Victoria's Court of Appeal on Wednesday increased White's sentence to nine years.

He'll be eligible for parole after serving six years. He had initially been ordered to serve at least three-and-a-half years,

White had claimed he fired the fatal shots after Mr Christianos threatened him with a knife.

He then said he panicked when he stuffed his friend's body into a wheelie bin that he kept in a storage locker.

Workers discovered the body after White stopped paying fees on the locker.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/jail-term-increased-for-victorian-artist-killer-john-spencer-white/eecf8712-dcb2-47d7-a1d2-8ee8161b07c9

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