Ivan Milat has 'only weeks to live'
NSW Police Minister David Elliot says Ivan Milat should “do one last honourable thing on his deathbed” and answer any questions police may have related to his crimes and any other cases he’s believed to be involved with.
Milat is currently in a secure wing of Sydney’s Prince of Wales hospital undergoing tests and treatment for cancer of the oesophagus and stomach, and his nephew has said he’s been given weeks to live.
It’s unlikely he will ever return to Goulburn’s Supermax prison which has been his home for more than two decades, and instead is likely to spend the rest of his days at Sydney’s Long Bay jail.
Milat's nephew, Alistair Shipsey, said today his uncle's condition was "very bad".
"I've been informed he's only got a couple of weeks to live," Mr Shipsey told Ten News .
Milat - who's reportedly lost 20kg in recent weeks - hasn't been able to eat or keep food down.
"So to me they've known for months - why didn't they treat it?" his nephew said, adding he wanted to visit his uncle - whom he believes is innocent - "before he dies".
"He's one of my favourite uncles," Mr Shipsey said.
Criminologist Dr Xanthe Mallet has studied Milat and his crimes for a new book, and has told 9News she believes he has more than the seven victims to his name.
“There are a number of cases where people have disappeared in similar circumstances to those Belangalo victims and I think that they may just not have been found yet,” she said.
She said of all the potential victims Milat has been linked to in the past, the strongest candidate is Peter Letcher.
The 18-year-old’s body was found near Jenolan Caves in 1988, and the manner of his death bore many similarities to Milat’s backpacker victims.
Ms Mallet said: “I’m actually quite tempted to contact Ivan Milat and ask him are there any other victims, because coming to what we think is the end of his life, now it may be time for him to share those details and help those families who never had answers.”
But while he joined calls for Milat to answer any questions, Minister David Elliot says he doubts that will happen.
“I think I join every taxpayer in NSW in the hope that there’s an early resolution to the Milat matter at the moment,” he said.
Milat, a former road worker, was sentenced in 1996 to seven consecutive life sentences for murdering seven backpackers whose bodies were found in makeshift graves in NSW's Belanglo State Forest in the 1990s.
He also kidnapped British tourist Paul Onions who managed to escape from Milat's vehicle.
NSW Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin earlier this week said prisoner transfers were done in the "most secure and safe way possible".
High-risk and terrorism-related inmates are always guarded by specialist staff from the extreme high-security escort unit, a corrective services spokeswoman said.
At least one form of restraint - handcuffs or ankle cuffs - stay on high-risk inmates during medical treatment subject to medical requirements.
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