Australian Sets Buddy on Fire for Taking The Last Beer

Gary Miles, 41, and Paul Stamp, 47, were two good friends. They met twelve years ago, but living in different parts of Australia, they hadn’t been together for a long time. They met purely by chance in a Darwin bar (of course), shortly after Paul arrived in the area. His wallet had sadly been stolen, so being a stand-up kind of guy, Gary invited him to stay in his spare room for a few weeks until he got back on his feet.

Like any typical Aussie boys, Gary and Paul liked themselves a good beer or twelve. Gary could be a little possessive over his brewskis. So when the sad time came that his stash was dwindling, he told his friend to keep his hands off. Seems a little stingy, but not overwhelming unreasonable.

A drunken Australian photographed in the wild.
Paul, and I’m sure he had his reasons, decided not to listen. He drank those beers, and I like to hope he enjoyed them. Now, most people when confronted with such an act of defiance might get a little stroppy, maybe shout a little, maybe just let it slide as it’s not really that big of a deal. 

But not Gary. Oh no, not Gary. Gary flipped his shit. 

To start off his insane revenge montage, he beat the living daylights out of Paul. Such a severe beating I’m sure Paul had never before experienced, as it ended with 8 broken ribs and severe internal injuries. That not being a sufficient punishment, he was loaded into a car, with the intent of being dumped out in the bush, flogged and left. What actually ended up happening was the car was doused with petrol and set on fire. Paul did not survive.

Gary had never done anything remotely like this before, and has no idea why he reacted in such an incredible and awful manner. He can be heard weeping in audio/video interviews with the police as he grieves his friend, and possibly the loss of his own reputation as a nice guy (ed, POSSIBLY? haha). He had formerly pleaded 'Not Guilty' to the murder of Paul Stamp on 19th September 2012, but recently confessed in two police interviews heard in court. The trial continues. 

Paul could never had imagined the consequences of stealing a couple of beers from a friend. Gary could never have conceived the idea that he would turn killer over something so trivial. There are many lessons to be learnt from these terrible events. One thing I’m sure we’ll all take away from this is to never steal an Aussie man’s beer.

Words by Ari Carrington