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Adrian Basham loses fight for family home where he murdered wife Samantha Fraser

He said his father was of extremely ill health and his sister under a lot of duress and unable to assist.

“Mr Basham I’m going to stop you there, this is not a matter I can assist you with,” Taylor said.

Adrian Basham (right) outside the Supreme Court in March.Credit: Paul Jeffers

“This is not a matter that is before me.”

In October 2022, the Director of Public Prosecutions applied to confiscate the property and the motorcycle, arguing both had been used in the commission of a crime.

The DPP also argued Basham had acquired the whole property under the law of survivorship because his estranged wife had died.

The court heard on the morning of the killing, Basham rode the motorbike to Seagrove Way and lay in wait in the front garden for more than two hours until Fraser returned from taking the children to school.

Samantha Fraser’s friends at court in February.

Samantha Fraser’s friends at court in February.Credit: Joe Armao

When Fraser drove into the garage, Basham followed and beat her before staging the scene to appear as though she had taken her own life.

The sentencing judge found Basham had left his sister’s house days earlier, intending to kill Fraser.

James Basham had fought to keep the motorbike, which was his son’s “pride and joy” to help alleviate the debt his son owed him for legal fees.


But Taylor rejected both men’s claims and said the forfeitures helped deter serious crimes in the community.

“It was a premeditated murder that occurred against a background of family violence,” the judge said.

“The offending itself consisted of Ms Fraser being subjected to a savage beating in which she sustained 41 separate blunt force injuries.

“The forfeiture of Seagrove Way is proportionate to the nature and gravity of the offending.”

If you or anyone you know needs support, you can contact the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732), Lifeline 131 114, or Beyond Blue 1300 224 636.

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