The 15-year-old boy who was charged with manslaughter over the death of Clea Rose last year was sentenced to 18 months jail today.
WIN News reported the boy was also sentenced to 6 months jail for car theft, although I didn’t catch whether these are concurrent sentences or not.
Ms Rose’s father said this decision should be a lesson to young offenders not to stray into NSW.
UPDATE The ABC now has a story up about this. The boy was sentenced to three years jail but is eligible for release in 18 months.
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Justice Terry Connolly said that while there was nothing the courts could do to ease the Rose family’s pain, he “would impose a sentence that would send a message to the community that joy riding in stolen cars would ultimately lead to someone getting killed”.
FURTHER UPDATE The Canberra Times story, which has a bit of background as well, is now up.
ADDITIONAL UPDATE: Bill Stefaniak has put out a media release asking pertinent questions as to the bailing of young delinquents.