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Taylor Lewis Schmidt gets 20 years for the Northbourne murder

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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Tooks Tooks 3:38 pm 14 Dec 13

Darkfalz said :

Bashed a promising young man to death for fun, took away a husband and a son, and out before his 35th birthday. Absolutely disgusting. I find some of the USA’s laws ridiculous at a times but there’s no question this murder was racially motivated, even a hate crime. 12 years? The magistrate should be disbarred.

What magistrate?

IrishPete IrishPete 1:02 pm 14 Dec 13

CraigT said :

johnboy said :

It costs us a lot of money to keep him locked up.

12 years is a conscious lifetime to a 22 year old.

It’s a great deal of punishment but still leaves the real chance he can make something of his life for all our benefits.

He should be put down.

All costs to be borne by the worthless lowlife scum that bred him in an environment where vicious and nasty racist attitudes towards asians were the norm.

I’m not clear what environment you are referring to – do you mean Australia which also bred people like Pauline Hanson?

Might be worth waiting for the sentencing transcript to be released before jumping to too many conclusions.

IP

CraigT CraigT 8:19 am 14 Dec 13

johnboy said :

It costs us a lot of money to keep him locked up.

12 years is a conscious lifetime to a 22 year old.

It’s a great deal of punishment but still leaves the real chance he can make something of his life for all our benefits.

He should be put down.

All costs to be borne by the worthless lowlife scum that bred him in an environment where vicious and nasty racist attitudes towards asians were the norm.

Spiral Spiral 6:55 am 14 Dec 13

johnboy said :

It costs us a lot of money to keep him locked up.

12 years is a conscious lifetime to a 22 year old.

It’s a great deal of punishment but still leaves the real chance he can make something of his life for all our benefits.

Indeed.

If we are lucky next time he will kill someone like a drug dealer, repeat drink driver or a magistrate.

BimboGeek BimboGeek 6:47 am 14 Dec 13

Sounds like he’ll be out a little before Kaon Bell. So start planning to leave town around 2020.

LSWCHP LSWCHP 11:23 pm 13 Dec 13

This bloke killed an innocent stranger for fun. If he did it once he could do it again, and it looks like he’ll be a young man…a lot younger than I am now…when he gets out.

My view is that he decided to disregard all the rules of our society, and has removed himself from that society. He should be locked well away from me, my wife and my children and everybody else in the community until he’s dead.

Some things are inexcusable and unforgivable.

    johnboy johnboy 11:40 pm 13 Dec 13

    It costs us a lot of money to keep him locked up.

    12 years is a conscious lifetime to a 22 year old.

    It’s a great deal of punishment but still leaves the real chance he can make something of his life for all our benefits.

shauno shauno 9:45 pm 13 Dec 13

Its a joke if you kill some one like that you should be in supermax for life with Ivan.

Darkfalz Darkfalz 7:15 pm 13 Dec 13

Bashed a promising young man to death for fun, took away a husband and a son, and out before his 35th birthday. Absolutely disgusting. I find some of the USA’s laws ridiculous at a times but there’s no question this murder was racially motivated, even a hate crime. 12 years? The magistrate should be disbarred.

farnarkler farnarkler 5:56 pm 13 Dec 13

#7 dph so how would you punish this individual?

Deref Deref 5:48 pm 13 Dec 13

Thanks to those who responded to my query.

I think 12 years is too little, but now at leas I have some confidence that he’ll serve that.

Hercsie 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ausbradr 12:06 am 10 Dec 13

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

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