The Daily Telegraph has a piece on how canberra appears a killers paradise compared to NSW. They highlight that there have been no murder convictions in the ACT in 11 years, and that any killings are usually prosecuted as manslaughter as its easier to get a conviction, but therefore goes with a much lighter sentence.
I was told once that murder and manslaughter carry the same maximum sentence (please correct me if I’m wrong) which is why the DPP go for manslaughter, but when it comes time for sentencing it seems the ACT is much lighter than NSW.
There are proposed changes going up in the ACT LA to bring the ACT in line with NSW for the requirements to prove a Murder conviction, but will the sentencing be any different?
Ralph and BerraJ also had their thoughts on the story.
- The Daily Telegraph has an interesting story today that draws attention to the soft treatment of those who commit murder (aka ‘manslaughter’ in the Capital), and our not recording a murder conviction for 11 years.
The article draws attention to previous RiotACT favourites, such as Glenn Porritt, was found not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter after stabbing his mother 57 times.
It appears that pressure from the community (which would include agitation on this site) has seen the ACT Government apparently proposing changes that make it easier for judges to convict for murder.
This would be a good outcome if in fact it is true, however, the obvious question is whether the ACT’s bleeding heart bench possesses the gumption to convict for murder.