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Survivor – Aussie Contestant Guilty of Backstabbing His Ex-Girlfriend

On Monday February 27, as reported by the Sydney Morning HeraldAustralian Survivor contestant Joel Betts pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend Samantha Holland. The incident occurred in April 2010 when he stabbed her twelve times in the back after the couple broke up in heated arguments.

Ms. Holland was taken to hospital and survived the ordeal.

Betts, who finished in 3rd place on the first and only season of Australian Survivor, is on trial for detaining and wounding his former girlfriend with the intent of murder. Details of the attack was brought forth last year during the committal hearing, where the court was told about how Betts stabbed Ms. Holland before throwing her on a couch and trying to kiss her.

The incident took place in a unit that they shared in Chippendale, Sydney.

Betts remains in custody and will return to court for sentencing on April 27.

It would be interesting to know if his anger issues were picked up in the psychological testing contestants are given before they are cast on a reality TV show.

1 comment

1 Jade W { 04.27.12 at 7:58 pm }

Where does Alan Jones get off supporting this attempted murderer in court? One can still care about someone who acts abhorrently, but trying to minimise the consequences of their actions doesn’t help the perpetrator any more than the victim. Joel Bett’s is a Matthew Newton – and both of their overindulged lives with no boundaries and little consequences are fanning them on to bigger and “better” crimes…. Alan Jones has earnt his place as a prime celebrity criminal enabler along side Bert and Pattie Newton.