Elsa Janet Corp was murdered by David Patrick Clifford in Melbourne on this day, 1 February 2010.
QUOTE: Thursday 22 March 2012 - After the sentence was read out today, about 40 of Ms Corp's family and friends clapped and smiled, with calls of “scumbag” and “dog” directed at Clifford.Outside court, Elsa's father Andy Corp, a former UK policeman, said hearing the details of what happened to his daughter in the last minutes of her life had made him “sick in the guts” and he called for the return of the death penalty.“(I'm) so disappointed that a human being could sink to that level and be so much of a scum bag that he turned out to be,” Mr Corp told reporters.“People like that shouldn't be allowed to live. “If you had a referendum now on hanging, I guarantee 90 per cent of the caring public, especially parents, would vote yes.”
AUTHOR: Andy Corp is the father of Elsa Janet Corp – David Patrick Clifford, 30, will serve a minimum 19 years in jail after pleading guilty to the murder of 26-year-old Elsa Janet Corp in a Melbourne hotel room on February 1, 2010. The pair had been on a blind date when the hairdresser was brutally beaten to death before the hotel room was set on fire. The 26-year-old hairdresser had electrical cord wrapped around her neck when her body was found in the hotel room by firefighters on February 1, 2010. Her spinal cord was severed at the neck. She'd also suffered 60 incisions, lacerations and abrasions to her head and neck, severe fractures to her ribs, skull and face, tearing to her liver and a puncture wound on her back. Bloodstains were found on the walls and furniture, mirrors had been smashed and the smoke detector, air conditioner and bedhead ripped from their fixtures. Justice Hollingworth said Clifford had been using amphetamines in the days leading up to the murder and was becoming anxious and paranoid after three days without sleep. Clifford was arrested at his home hours after the murder, having hit two pedestrians with his car along the way. When police found Ms Corp's handbag beneath bushes at his house, containing a bloody towel and shirt, Clifford claimed she had attacked him. Clifford had a long list of prior convictions for assault, harassment and drug trafficking and possession. At the time of the murder, he was on parole for drug offences and on bail after being charged with the violent assault of two men in 2008.