21 February 2011

Australian immigration to bill ‘honeymoon killer’ for return trip to US

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The Australian Immigration department is expected to issue an invoice within days to honeymoon killer Gabe Watson for his $35,000 transfer back to the US.

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The Australian Immigration Department is expected to issue an invoice to Gabe Watson for his return to the US last year.

An invoice will be sent to Watson's Alabama home to recover some of the money taxpayers spent on the convicted killer, however the bill will be about a third of the total cost with Australian Immigration asking the Queensland police to pick up the rest of the tab.

Watson, who served jail time in Queensland over the death of his wife, Tina, will have to pay for his airfare, the airfare of an Immigration official and associated costs.

Mr Watson will not be able to return to Australia without clearing his debt to the Commonwealth.

The bubblewrap salesman spent 18 months in Borallon Correctional Centre after pleading guilty to the 2003 manslaughter of Tina, 26, who died while scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. They had been married for only 11 days.

Watson is on bail facing two counts of murder in the US, with the matter to be heard in May.

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