Aussie contract killer jailed for murder of Melbourne underworld figure on orders of notorious Carl Williams

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Convicted contract killer Stephen Asling has been jailed for life for the "utterly cowardly" murder of Melbourne underworld figure Graham "The Munster" Kinniburgh more than a decade ago.

Asling was found guilty in March of murdering Kinniburgh by gunning him down outside his Kew home in 2003 on the orders of the late Carl Williams.

"Your murder of him was brutal, callous and utterly cowardly," Supreme Court Justice Stephen Kaye said today.

The judge said the decision to kill Kinniburgh as a substitute for Williams' enemy Lewis Moran was made in an "almost casual manner".

"Graham Kinniburgh gave you no cause or reason to have any grievance against him, let alone kill him."

He said contract killings are utterly abhorrent to the values of a civilised and decent society.

Asling's disturbing history of dangerous offending using firearms meant the protection of the community was a substantial, if not primary factor, in determining sentence, he said.

Asling, dressed in a grey suit, white shirt and tie, was expressionless throughout the sentence.

He will serve a minimum 27 years.

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