A MOTHER who watched her young son being hacked to death by a violent gang of armed robbers has tearfully thanked the Sydney judge who on Friday handed out some of the toughest jail sentences in the state's recent criminal history.
Tracey Burgess begged for her 25-year-old son Kelsey's life after members of the United Brotherhood forced their way into their Lurnea home armed with machetes in July, 2010.
When Kelsey tried to defend his family with a sword, he was mutilated and left to bleed out on the lounge room floor.
The NSW Supreme Court heard the gang had used home invasions as initiation rituals.
Three of the killers - John Khuory, Mohammed Karimi and Mahdi Mir - were found guilty of murder earlier this year.
On Friday Khuory was sentenced to a minimum of 32 years jail while Karimi will spend at least 30 years behind bars and Mir, 24 years.
Five others are already in prison over the murder.
Outside court Ms Burgess, who earlier in the day had to be treated by paramedics, gathered her strength and told reporters the gang members were less than animals, that they had slaughtered her "beautiful boy" right in front of her and she hoped they died in jail.
She described the judge as "brilliant" and said she wanted the mothers of the offenders to put themselves in her shoes for five minutes and "and picture begging for their son's life".
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Nicholas Sedgwick described the case as "harrowing" and said the convictions of eight people for the one murder was "a pleasing result".
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