Friday, May 25, 2012

Far too lenient

A court report on the ABC website:

A driver who caused a high-speed police chase that led to the death of Sydney toddler Skye Sassine has been jailed for at least 14 years...

...William Ngati crashed into the Sassine family car at Ingleburn, in Sydney's south-west, while he was being chased by police after committing a string of armed robberies...

...Ngati, who showed no remorse in court today, previously pleaded guilty to Skye's manslaughter as well as larceny and armed robbery offences...

...The Judge said that during the chase Ngati, who was unlicensed, reached speeds of up to 160km per hour in a 70kmph zone and crossed to the wrong side of the road more than once, causing other drivers to take evasive action....
 
...He said traffic was heavy, Ngati ran red lights, drove on median strips and was drug-affected and talking on a mobile phone...

...The judge said Ngati was "driving with a callous disregard for anyone who got in his way"...

...He was sentenced to a minimum of eight-and-a-half years for the toddler's death and will serve a total minimum sentence of 14 years, with a maximum of 19 years.

Ngati will be eligible for parole in 2024.


Career criminals like this demonstrate consistently that they have no place in society. They forfeit that right by their persistent contempt for and crimes against society.

To be eligible to come back to endanger the rest of us so soon is an outrage.




The ABC's full report is  here.




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