“Do you want another one?” said the man who killed his neighbor during a fight over a stolen laptop

Richard Archer was found guilty of murdering David Bradshaw at Kendall Towers in Redfern, Sydney (pictured) +2. Richard Archer was found guilty of murdering David Bradshaw at Kendall Towers in Redfern, Sydney. Significantly, Justice Peter Hamill didn’t find Archer was motivated to kill, citing substantial doubt based on Mr Bradshaw having only one stab wound and Archer telling his victim words to the effect of ‘do you want another?’

An enraged middle-aged man was sentenced to prison after stabbing a neighbour over the theft of a laptop and then telling ‘outright lies’ at trial. Richard Archer, 49, who was previously convicted of murder, was sentenced on Thursday to 19-and-a-half years in prison, with a 13-and-a-half-year non-parole period. David Bradshaw, 54, was stabbed after a scuffle at a mutual friend’s unit in Kendall Towers in Redfern, Sydney, in the early hours of February 16, 2020.

Highlights

  • The fight began over the theft of a laptop and led to a man being stabbed to death in February 2020 +2. The fight began over the theft of a laptop and led to a man being stabbed to death in February 2020 ‘For example, he initially told police, falsely, that it was Mr Bradshaw who produced a knife and that it was left at the scene. That was a patent fabrication,’ Justice Hamill said. His last serious offence also involved stabbing somebody with intent and then telling lies about it. Justice Hamill reiterated what he told Mr Bradshaw’s family earlier, that nothing he did in sentencing Mr Archer could do anything to relieve them of the trauma and pain they have experienced and will continue to suffer.

  • That comment didn’t suggest Archer thought the wounding was fatal and, had he intended to kill, he ideally would have kept going. Nor did the Supreme Court judge find Archer armed himself with a plan to stab Mr Bradshaw, saying the evidence suggested a chance meeting in the tower block. ‘It is of course, extraordinary that any man’s death should result from the theft of some personal property,’ Justice Hamill said. While Archer had spoken of early childhood trauma and displacement, Justice Hamill wasn’t satisfied it was truth having heard the offender’s testimony at trial that was littered with ‘inconsistency, self-serving statements and, in some instances, outright lies’.

‘I hope that their suffering will ease over time, but I do not know that it will,’ he said. ‘That is because Mr Bradshaw was such an important person in their lives.’ Share or comment on this article: Man who killed neighbour during argument over stolen laptop was heard yelling ‘do you want another’