Quade Karsum Jones given life sentence for bashing elderly man who later died in hospital

A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to life with a 23-year minimum for a violent rampage in suburban Perth that included the “savage “and “merciless” bashing of an elderly home owner who died later in hospital.

Quade Karsum Jones maintains he has no memory of what he did in the space of little more than an hour in August 2019, when as well as bashing 84-year-old Emiliano Lombardi, he assaulted another six complete strangers.

Mr Lombardi was Jones’s fifth victim, and the Supreme Court was told it was believed he was bashed about the head in the front yard of his East Cannington home with a wing mirror Jones had ripped off the elderly man’s vehicle.

The court was told Jones had gone to the area by train with an accomplice and his first victim was a man who was punched and kicked in his car.

Mr Lombardi stands with other family members, smiling. Everyone else's face is blurred/
Mr Emiliano Lombardi, 84, died in hospital after being bashed by Quade Karsum outside his home.(Supplied: WA Police)

The second victim was grabbed by her hair in the front yard of her home while the third, the woman’s housemate, was punched and kicked when Jones tried to force his way inside the house.

The fourth victim was a woman walking along the street who state prosecutor, Amanda Forrester, SC, said was “walloped” on her back.

The sixth person was attacked in the yard of his home and was kicked as he was on the ground, while the final victim, a woman, was hit two or three times on her back with a sign.

An older man next to a woman whose face is blurred.
Emiliano Lombardi died in hospital after the brutal and unprovoked attack.(Supplied: WA Police)

Ms Forrester described the attacks as savage and said instead of getting medical help for Mr Lombardi, Jones “continued to inflict injury on people”.

“He was not shocked into sensibility by the awfulness of what he had done,” she said.

During the rampage, Jones discarded the wing mirror he had used to bash Mr Lombardi in the middle of the road which led police to his home where they found him bloodied and disoriented.

He had suffered a traumatic brain injury, and the court was told he spent two weeks in hospital where he suffered complications from his injuries, before asking his family to stop any treatment and let him “go”.

Quade Jones
Quade Jones has pleaded guilty to murder after beating Perth grandfather Emiliano Lombardi to death.(ABC News: Supplied)

Jones pleaded guilty to murdering Mr Lombardi and to a raft of other assault and burglary charges.

His lawyer, Bernard Standish, said his client was affected by alcohol and possibly drugs at the time, and he still maintained he had no memory of what he did.

However, Mr Standish submitted that Jones had taken full responsibility for what happened and accepted he was to blame for “the carnage”.

Violence continued with ‘furious determination’

Justice Stephen Hall said Jones had a history of alcohol-fuelled violence that included a conviction in 2016 for assaulting his father.

Plain clothes police officers with bullet proof vests arrest a man on a train station platform, with the man's head turned away.
A 28-year-old Quade Karsum Jones was arrested in Kelmscott by police in August 2020. He told police he had no memory of what he did.(Supplied: WA Police)

He described Jones’s behaviour on the night of the rampage as “shocking and frightening” saying he had “persisted with the violence with furious determination.”

Justice Hall said Jones had “mercilessly attacked” Mr Lombardi with “mindless violence” and his murder was aggravated by the fact Jones left him badly injured and did not seek any help for him.

Jones was sentenced to 18 years jail for the assault and burglary offences, but those terms will be served at the same time as the life sentence.

Jones has been in custody since his arrest four days after his rampage.

With time already served, he will first be eligible for release on parole in 2043.

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