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On the Couch
20 July, 2007  
Mirella Scaramella

Mirella Scaramella is in Justinian’s Hall of Heroes. She stood by her man, Sam Fazarri, who along with two friends went to jail for the murder of Phillip Walsham. Scaramella deviled away and helped prepare the evidence that earlier this month saw the convictions quashed by the WA Court of Appeal. It is another case in an impressive series of over-zealous WA criminal prosecutions


imageMirella Scaramella was the centerpiece of the Australian Story documentary series on the Walsham murder trial and the subsequent appeal.

Described by The West Australian as a “fresh-faced young schoolteacher”, Scaramella gave up her job for two years and deferred her teacher-training course to research, analyse and prepare the evidence for the trial and appeal.

On July 6, the WA Court of Appeal (Martin CJ, Steytler P and Miller JA), in televised proceedings, upheld the appeals and quashed the convictions of Sam Fazzari, Jose Martinez and Carlos Pereiras.

Scaramella, who is involved in WA’s Innocence Project, sat at the bar table during the appeal and Malcolm McCusker QC said her help to his team was invaluable. She possessed a seamless command of every nook and cranny of the case.

The Walsham case has ignited a bitter controversy in the west. Jurors have emerged, distressed at having their verdict cast aside, and voices from the rank world of talk-back radio are calling for revenge.

Nonetheless, Justinian is a committed Scaramella fan and is tickled pink that she has joined us on the couch.

Describe yourself in three words.
Determined, patient & kind.

What are you currently reading?
Recollections of an Unreasonable Man”, (Justice) Don Stewart.

Whats your favourite film?
La Vita e Bella.”

Who or what do you fantasise about?
Going on a holiday where there is no mobile phone reception.

What stimulants do you recommend?
Chocolate and coffee.

What is your greatest fear?
My only fear was quashed on July 6.

What words or phrases do you overuse?
Are you kidding?

Who would you most like to meet?
Oprah Winfrey.

Who do you envy and why?
imageNo one! “Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.” – Harold Coffin.

What is your most disturbing personal obsession?
I analyse all that I see, hear and feel.

Whats your most glamorous feature?
My shoes.

If you were a foodstuff, what would you be?
A truffle.

What human quality do you most distrust?
Dishonesty.

What would you change about Australia?
The role played by the media.

Who or what do you consider overrated?
Paris Hilton.

Rove (McManus) or Rose (Porteous) – who is Perth’s greatest export to the east?
Definitely Rose.

Whats the first thing you do in the morning?
Regrettably, read the paper.

How would you like to die?
Happy.

What would your epitaph say?
She laughed through it all.”

What comes to mind when you shut your eyes and think of the word “law”?
Logical thought dressed in fancy words.