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Wayne Valenta to be freed after murdering Deborah Boyd with a hammer in WA

Thousands of people have called for the man who brutally murdered a Perth mum with a hammer to be stopped from leaving prison.

Thousands of people have signed a petition pleading with Western Australia’s Attorney-General not to let a man who brutally killed a mum with a hammer be freed from prison.

On July 16, 2000, Wayne Valenta beat Perth mother-of-two Deborah Boyd to death with a hammer after hiding under her daughter’s bed for three hours.

He pleaded guilty to murdering the 38-year-old after his confession was caught on tape, but now, 21 years later, he is set to be released into a rehabilitation program to prepare him for parole.

Ms Boyd’s daughter Melissa Whitten, who was just 15 when her mother was killed, has started a petition in a desperate bid to keep him locked up, saying she is terrified he will hurt someone else.

“The evil man who hid under my bed, waiting to murder my mother with a claw hammer, is about to be released,” Ms Whitten wrote on the Change.org petition.

‘Couldn’t hide his violent and abusive ways’

Ms Boyd had met Valenta just six months prior to her murder, with the pair dating for a short period before the mother-of-two cut it off when he allegedly became violent.

“Our family thought butter wouldn’t melt in Valenta’s mouth when he was first welcomed into our family, but once he moved in, he couldn’t hide his violent and abusive ways,” Ms Whitten said.

“My mother was extremely strong willed, and she wouldn’t cop it. She told Valenta he had to leave.”

This is when the now 53-year-old began stalking and harassing Ms Boyd, with the situation escalating to the point where she took out a restraining order against him.

Ms Whitten claimed this didn’t stop Valenta from breaking into their home and watching them sleep, saying he admitted to breaking in two weeks before the murder and watching her mother while she slept “wearing rubber gloves, while he thought about strangling her”.

Just four days before her murder, Valenta told a work colleague that he wanted to “kill that b**ch”.

The following day he asked the colleague, “How does it feel to know you are going to know a murderer?” before showing the same workmate a claw hammer and asking, “How many times do you reckon it would take to kill her if I smashed her in the head with it?”.

Three days later Valenta acted on his desires.

He broke into the family’s home and hid underneath a 15-year-old Ms Whitten’s bed for three hours before he heard Ms Boyd wake up and go downstairs to get ready for work.

He then used the hammer to beat her to death, with one of his family members later catching his confession on tape

“That’s when I donged her. Bang. Bang. Bang. And she fell, and when she hit the ground, I went bang, bang for good measure,” Ms Whitten recounted hearing him say on the recording in court.

After being jailed, Valenta told an undercover police officer who was embedded in his cell that after the killing, “It felt like f***ing 20 tonnes just fell off my f***ing shoulders.”

Family begs to keep Valenta behind bars

Now, after 21 years, the Prisoners Review Board want Valenta to be prepared for release in the resocialisation program.

Ms Whitten said this means he will get to live at a minimum security prison and have the opportunity to go on day and overnight release into the community.

The recommendation for his release has been made to Western Australia Attorney-General John Quigley and it is now up to him whether to accept or deny this request.

Ms Whitten’s petition urging Mr Quigley to reject the request has gained more than 2500 signatures in just two days.

She claims the Prisoners Review Board has provided her family with no proof that Valenta is no longer a risk to women and that there is “no longer a risk of doing what he did to my mother again”.

“I feel we as a community need to make sure the Attorney-General understands if Valenta is released, he will be accountable if any woman in our community is hurt,” Ms Whitten said.

“And women will feel less safe in our community.”

Ms Boyd’s mother, Carol Pettifor, told Nine’s A Current Affair that the Board were “living in a dream if they think this man is going to change”.

“He’s a real dangerous person. I don’t think, I’m convinced, if he gets out of jail and he forms another relationship with another woman, he will lash out,” she told the program.

Valenta already had an extensive history of domestic violence prior to murdering Ms Boyd, with records of him assaulting three previous female partners.

He also served time in jail after stabbing one of his partners in the arm with a pen and was released shortly before meeting Ms Boyd.

“If you did that over a 10 year period to three different women and then it culminated in murdering my daughter, do you think that person can change?” Ms Pettifor said.

“It’s his persona, it’s in him.”

In a statement to the program, a spokesperson for Mr Quigley said the WA Attorney-General extended his condolences to the family and friends of Ms Boyd.

“Last week, the Attorney-General received a Statutory Report for Mr Valenta, which was prepared by the Prisoners Review Board (PRB),” the statement said.

“The Attorney-General will carefully consider the PRB’s recommendation, taking into consideration the requirements as outlined under sections 5A and 5B of the Sentence Administration Act 2003 (WA).”

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