Martin Bryant

Australian spree killer

Martin Bryant (born 7 May 1967) is an Australian criminal who killed 35 people in Tasmania in 1996, in the Port Arthur massacre. He is now in prison for the most murders in Australian recorded history.[1]

Martin Bryant
Born (1967-05-07) May 7, 1967 (age 57)
Criminal statusIncarcerated
Conviction(s)Murder (35 counts)
Attempted murder (20 counts)
Inflicting grievous bodily harm (3 counts)
Inflicting wounds (8 counts)
Arson (2 counts)
Criminal penalty35 life sentences plus 1,652 years. Never to be released

Bryant has been given a sentence of life in jail for each of the 35 murders. He is never to be released. He is held in solitary confinement (by himself) in Hobart's Risdon Prison.[2]

Martin Bryant is believed to have an IQ (thinking level) of an 11-year-old.[2] Guards and doctors report that his only interest seems to be himself.[2] He has tried to kill himself several times in prison.[2]


  1. "Martin Bryant: Wild in the Eyes". Oxford University Press. Archived from the original on 2008-09-10. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Managing Martin: The Jailing of Martin Bryant". ABC Radio National - Background Briefing, 16 March 1997. Retrieved 2008-12-06.