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Fitbit tracked exact moment man brutally murdered Holocaust survivor mum

The man who brutally murdered a Holocaust survivor mum has had the exact time of the attack tracked by the victim's Fitbit watch.

Fitness tracking devices noted the exact time Thomas Bednar, 54, broke into the home of Judy Bednar, 78, and brutally murdered her.

The 54-year-old had harboured ill-feelings toward his mum before the murderous attack in May 2021, and he has subsequently been jailed for 29 years by the Victorian Supreme Court.

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Judy was found badly beaten and naked in the bedroom of her Chelsea, Australia home days after friends had tried and failed to make contact with the 78-year-old.

The 78-year-old Holocaust survivor had suffered severe blunt force injuries, strangulation and suffocation with a number of possible causes of death leaving the coroner stumped.

But a Fitbit found next to her body revealed the exact time of the attack, with the smart watch recording the 78-year-old heading to sleep at 2am before being woken with a sharp burst of activity at 4.47am.

Justice Tinney who presided over the case noted that Bednar had shown a lack of remorse and regret immediately after the attack.

The 54-year-old had maintained his innocence and argued at trial that it was a friend of the family, Danny Cohen, who had killed his mother.

Bednar had blamed his mother for a series of involuntary mental health admissions, with the murderer presenting a list of grievances against his mother that included not being taken to football practice, 7news reported.

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Friends had heard worries from the 78-year-old mother, who had expressed a fear for her life, saying that she would "already be dead" by the time police could help her.

Justice Tinney, sentencing Bednar to 29 years in prison, said that the 54-year-old was a resentful and embittered man.

He has already spent two years of his term behind bars, and must serve at least 23 before being eligible for parole.

It comes as Daily Mail previously reported an interview Bednar gave to homicide detectives, where he openly claimed his mother had been "an absolute b**ch to me".

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