Terminally ill serial killer Ivan Milat has reportedly been rushed back to hospital, suffering with a “serious infection”. Earlier this year it was revealed that the backpacker murderer had been diagnosed with incurable stomach and oesophagus cancer.
According to 7News, Milat was transferred from Long Bay Jail to Sydney’s Prince of Wales hospital on Friday afternoon where he was readmitted after medical staff at the jail struggled to sufficiently cope with the treatment. It has not been confirmed whether the 74-year-old convicted killer’s condition is life-threatening.
It’s the second time in a matter of months that Milat has been admitted to hospital as, in May this year, he was taken from Goulburn Supermax to the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick where he remained for two weeks. He was then transferred into the care of corrective officers in the secure hopsital wing of Long Bay, rather than returned to the supermax prison.
His transfer from hospital marked the first time that the notorious murderer had been seen in public in more than a decade, as cameras captured Milat being pushed out of hospital in a wheelchair and moved into the back of a van, while several officers stood guard. At the time, the killer appeared gaunt with his hair and famous moustache stark white.
It has been more than 20 years since Ivan Milat was handed seven life sentences after he was found guilty of murdering seven backpackers in New South Wales, making him one of Australia’s most notorious serial killers.
A jury found Milat guilty on July 27, 1996, for the murders of Caroline Clarke, Joanne Walters, Simone Schmidl, Anja Habschied, Gabor Neugebauer, James Gibson and Deborah Everist, without the possibility of parole. He was also convicted of the attempted murder, false imprisonment and robbery of Paul Onions.
However Milat has also been linked to a number of other deaths, including 18-year-old Peter Letcher, who was found dead in Jenolan State Forest, NSW, in January 1988. The teenager was discovered with five gun shots to his head after he was reported missing from the city of Bathurst in 1987, following a trip to Sydney to visit his former girlfriend.
Milat has also been linked with the murders of 20-year-old Keren Rowlan, who was found dead in Canberra in 1971 and hitchhiker Dianne Pennacchio, 29, whose body was discovered in the Tallaganda State Forest in NSW 1991.