Punk Singer and Convicted Murderer Receives Suspended Sentence

23 March 2012 | 11:55 am | Staff Writer

The former member of Melbourne punk band Bastard Squad and convicted murderer has received a suspended sentence for assault.

Jason Rex Cardwell, 43, attacked a shop assistant of a Melbourne 7-Eleven in 2009 out of “frustration” because he was “hungry”, The Age reports. A court heard that Cardwell reached over the counter and punched the worker in the face, breaking his nose and glasses, because the assistant was having trouble understanding which pie Cardwell wanted.

He was given a 12 month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months.

In 1993 Cardwell was jailed for 15 years with a ten year minimum after he pleaded guilty to the murder of 21-year-old Elizabeth Lyn Woodhouse with a baseball bat as she slept.

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In that sentencing it was accepted that Cardwell “clearly” loved Woodhouse but had suffered from mental health issues since the age of 16, and had frequently sought psychiatric aid betweek 1991 and 1993.

Bastard Squad were formed in 1987 and have undergone a number of line-up changes since their inception. They are semi-active under their current line-up.

Pictured: Bastard Squad logo