The sister of a man stomped to death says she will never forget seeing her brother’s battered face while he was laying in a coffin.
Jennifer Fox stood in the Launceston Supreme Court on Tuesday afternoon, next to the man who killed her brother Peter Fitzgerald.
Anthony Colin Finnegan had just been found guilty by a jury.
Ms Fox told the court she felt “scared and vulnerable” since her brother was murdered at his Summerhill unit on December 1, 2016.
She described visiting the funeral home the day before he was farewelled, and seeing his face, which had been stomped and kicked during the attack.
“I will never forget what I saw,” she said.
“I knew he would have suffered enormously before he died.
“It was very hard to leave him lying there … it makes me feel anxious, sad I couldn’t be there to protect Peter.”
Having to travel from interstate for both his funeral and the trial, Ms Fox said the past 18 months had been “very difficult”.
“My chest feels like it is filled with sand, I have trouble breathing,” she said.
“My faith in humankind has been shaken to its core.”
Finnegan was remanded in custody and is expected to be sentenced on September 4.
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