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Murderer Darren Mark Wake, who murdered his wife Rachel Wake with seventeen stab wounds at her Hobart home, should be given leniency because of his clean record, his lawyer has argued.


A man who stabbed his ex-wife to death should be shown ‘a degree of leniency’ at sentencing in part because of his previously clean criminal record and remorse, his lawyer says.

Darren Mark Wake is due to be sentenced in June after pleading guilty to murdering 52-year-old midwife Rachel Wake at her Hobart home on Christmas Day 2021.

The pair, who had two children together, married in 2001 but split in mid-2011.

Wake took a knife he had bought online into the house after telling Mrs Wake he wanted to deliver a present.

When he reached the front door, she told Wake that their son didn’t want to see him and that he shouldn’t go any further.

Darren Wake told his ex-wife, 52-year-old midwife Rachel Wake (pictured), he wanted to give her a present before stabbing her 17 times.

Wake pulled a knife from his pocket and stabbed her 17 times, including in the neck.

She was taken to hospital but died shortly afterwards.

Wake’s lawyer Fabiano Cangelosi told the Supreme Court of Tasmania his client had no criminal history apart from three traffic offenses and had led a normal life until the crime.

Mr Cangelosi said Wake, who was a nurse, was deeply remorseful and immediately called 911 and gave Ms Wake medical attention after stabbing her.

Mr Cangelosi said Wake, who has been in prison since the murder, understood he would spend many years in prison.

«He can’t go back in time to change what happened, but he’s committed to making things better for others,» Cangelosi said in court Wednesday.

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“Although (this is) a terrible, serious crime (and he knows it, this is a case where there is still an opportunity to exercise some degree of leniency).

“And to allow a person to try in small ways to make amends for what they did.

The court was told Wake provided «significant assistance» in four serious matters – which were not detailed in open court.

Mr Cangelosi said it was only fair that Wake should serve the shortest possible period of non-parole due to his previous good behaviour, remorse and co-operation.

Wake was charged with the murder on 26 December 2021 and pleaded not guilty in October 2022 before changing his plea in December 2023.

Director of Public Prosecutions Daryl Coates SC said it was not just a matter of Wake’s good record or rehabilitation, but the minimum time he needed to serve justice.

Darren Wake (pictured) asked for leniency in sentencing because of his previously clean criminal record and remorse despite murdering his ex-wife on Christmas Day 2021.

Darren Wake (pictured) asked for leniency in sentencing because of his previously clean criminal record and remorse despite murdering his ex-wife on Christmas Day 2021.

«He also tried to downplay the reason he went there with the knife, saying it was a present for his daughter,» Mr Coates said.

“The fact was he took the knife and thought he would have to use it if he couldn’t get access to his son.

In February, Ms Wake’s mother told the court her only daughter was smart, funny, loyal and «a ray of sunshine» with a deep love for her family.

She said her daughter was happy with a new partner and a new life.

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