A couple of days ago we linked to Bill Stefaniak asking awkward questions about the operation of Bail in the ACT, in particular how Clea Rose’s killer came to be hooning through civic.
Mr. Stanhope has had a little think about this, worked himself into a high dudgeon, and put out a media release.
It starts well enough. He points out that Bill wrote the laws when in Government so perhaps he could explain what he was thinking at the time.
But then he opens a can of worms:
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Mr Stanhope also challenged Mr Stefaniak to produce any evidence he had that the boy at the centre of the case had been on bail at the time of Ms Roseâ€™s death, saying that proceedings of the Childrenâ€™s Court were confidential and it was extremely troubling that Mr Stefaniak or anyone else unconnected with the case should be in possession of any material concerning the boyâ€™s history, let alone stoop so low as to publicly speculate about this history.
So the workings of the children’s court are beyond public scrutiny? Interesting.
Mr Stanhope also tells us that the ACT courts are actually harsher than the national average with our juvenille offenders.