Convicted Teenage-bride killer dies in NSW jail

A former bouncer died in prison while serving his time for killing his teenage bride more than two decades ago in NSW

After an investigation and three Supreme Court hearings, Steve Fesus was jailed in 2018 for at least 16-and-a-half years.

Before burying the 18-year-old ‘s body in a shallow grave at Seven Mile Beach, near Gerroa, he was found guilty of murdering Jodie Fesus in 1997 at their Shellharbour home on NSW’s south coast.

“The murder was callous and selfish and deprived Jodie of her adult life and her children of their mother,” Justice Peter Johnson said when setting a maximum term of 22 years.

At the time of the sentencing, Kimberley, 22, and Dylan, 21, were raised by Fesus and had ‘positively spoken’ about him in letters previously sent to the judge.

“Although they may have difficulty accepting it as a fact, it is the case that Kimberley and Dylan were deprived of the love and nurturing of a mother whom they never knew,” the judge said.

On Thursday, a NSW spokeswoman for Corrective Services said a 50-year-old man was pronounced dead on October 24 at the Prince of Wales Hospital’s secure prison annex.

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