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Taylor Lewis Schmidt gets 20 years for the Northbourne murder

By johnboy - 9 December 2013 26

The ABC brings word that Taylor Schmidt, 22, will not be eligible for parole for the next 12 years for his role in the murder on Northbourne Avenue of Liang Zhao.

The 27-year-old victim was beaten to death with a baseball bat and a machete, and robbed of his mobile phone and $21.

Mr Zhao had decided to walk home from the Jolimont Centre in Civic after arriving on a bus from Melbourne at 4:00am. A passerby found his body at day break.

The attack was so brutal the victim’s skull was broken and crushed, and the brain exposed. He also had multiple wounds to his head and arms.

Justice Richard Refshauge described it in the ACT Supreme Court as a brutal, vicious and senseless attack.

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Taylor Lewis Schmidt gets 20 years for the Northbourne murder
Hercsie 3:36 pm 13 Dec 13

I can’t recall another case where a complete innocent was murdered in cold blood just walking along a footpath? If so it really marks a turning point for crime and violence in this city.

IrishPete 10:28 am 10 Dec 13

BimboGeek said :

It probably doesn’t work as well for murderers but what’s the go when prisiners are allowed to have a weekend off? Maybe to go to a funeral or in very low risk cases just “because”?

No difference for murderers than anyone else. Unescorted Leave is what you are referring to. “What’s the go” is too general a question to answer though. Generally it would be part of preparation for release (i.e. towards end of sentence).

IP

BimboGeek 10:14 am 10 Dec 13

It probably doesn’t work as well for murderers but what’s the go when prisiners are allowed to have a weekend off? Maybe to go to a funeral or in very low risk cases just “because”?

buzz819 10:05 am 10 Dec 13

Deref said :

Deref said :

ScienceRules said :

Deref said :

Five with good behaviour?

Pretty sure that means 20 years and 12 with good behaviour.

That’s OK if it’s right, but I’m sure that I’ve read, from time to time, about people being released before their non-parole period’s up. Happy, as always, to be corrected if that never happens and never has happened.

Anyone?

How about you step up and point out just one case where your assertion is correct…

Ghettosmurf87 10:02 am 10 Dec 13

Deref said :

Deref said :

ScienceRules said :

Deref said :

Five with good behaviour?

Pretty sure that means 20 years and 12 with good behaviour.

That’s OK if it’s right, but I’m sure that I’ve read, from time to time, about people being released before their non-parole period’s up. Happy, as always, to be corrected if that never happens and never has happened.

Anyone?

Slow day at work, so I had a bit of a peek around.

The Crimes (Sentence Administration) Act 2005 (http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/a/2005-59/current/pdf/2005-59.pdf) would seem to suggest that a person can’t go on parole until after the eligibility date. That is to say that in this case, the 12 years is the minimum time before he could possibly be released on parole.

However I would imagine that there are probably circumstances, such as an appeal, under which the original sentence could be changed and this may result in both a different sentence length and a different non-parole period length.

I put my hand up to say I have no clue about the details of how one may go about having their sentence changed though, so I can’t help there at all.

IrishPete 9:57 am 10 Dec 13

Deref said :

Deref said :

ScienceRules said :

Deref said :

Five with good behaviour?

Pretty sure that means 20 years and 12 with good behaviour.

That’s OK if it’s right, but I’m sure that I’ve read, from time to time, about people being released before their non-parole period’s up. Happy, as always, to be corrected if that never happens and never has happened.

Anyone?

Illegal.

So therefore it would have to be by mistake, by acquittal on appeal or reduced sentence on appeal, or backdating of sentence. Almost without exception sentences are backdated to take into account time already spent in custody. The parole eligibility is probably better understood as a date rather than a duration from sentence date – this gent will be eligible in somewhat less than 12 years from now because he has already been in custody for a while.

IP

Deref 8:51 am 10 Dec 13

Deref said :

ScienceRules said :

Deref said :

Five with good behaviour?

Pretty sure that means 20 years and 12 with good behaviour.

That’s OK if it’s right, but I’m sure that I’ve read, from time to time, about people being released before their non-parole period’s up. Happy, as always, to be corrected if that never happens and never has happened.

Anyone?

banco 8:15 am 10 Dec 13

Should have been 20 years non-parole at least. No wonder the poor mother thinks ACT justice is a joke.

dph 12:20 am 10 Dec 13

I think some of you underestimate the prison system, the chances of rehabilitation & the effect a prison sentence will have on a person for the rest of their lives.

ausbradr 12:06 am 10 Dec 13

Should’ve locked the filthy grub up for longer, no parole.

Deref 5:24 pm 09 Dec 13

ScienceRules said :

Deref said :

Five with good behaviour?

Pretty sure that means 20 years and 12 with good behaviour.

That’s OK if it’s right, but I’m sure that I’ve read, from time to time, about people being released before their non-parole period’s up. Happy, as always, to be corrected if that never happens and never has happened.

ScienceRules 4:11 pm 09 Dec 13

Deref said :

Five with good behaviour?

Pretty sure that means 20 years and 12 with good behaviour.

Ghettosmurf87 4:10 pm 09 Dec 13

Deref said :

Five with good behaviour?

Did you bother reading or just felt you’d get a smart quip in?

It’s 20 years with 12 years before he’s eligible for parole.

I’m pretty sure any good behaviour isn’t going to reduce the non-parole period, though it may get him out sometime between 12 and 20 years….

Deref 3:52 pm 09 Dec 13

Five with good behaviour?

voytek3 2:41 pm 09 Dec 13

12 years…………firing squad instead anyone?

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