Labor fails to get tough on evil child killers

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The Palaszczuk Labor Government continues to ignore calls for harsher penalties for child killers, following another soft sentence for a reprehensible crime.

Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for Justice David Janetzki has urgently written to Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath calling for an appeal against the sentence of Christopher Allan Holland.

He was sentenced to ten years jail for the violent killing of his newborn son Lattrell Dodd, at a Rockhampton property in 2013.

Mr Janetzki said it's another example of the system failing to protect our precious children.

"This three-month-old boy was the victim of unspeakable violence," Mr Janetzki said.

"He suffered a severe brain injury, 32 fractures, a dozen broken ribs, a broken femur and was severely malnourished.

"This was an act of evil.

"This vulnerable child was betrayed by his own father and his life was cut short in the most horrendous way possible.

"A ten year jail sentence doesn't reflect the gravity of the offence committed.

"Annastacia Palaszczuk is out of touch and must take urgent action and stop these inadequate sentences from continuing.

"Earlier this month, the Palaszczuk Labor Government rejected the LNP's tough new laws for child killers.

"The Criminal Code and Other Legislation (Mason Jett Lee) Amendment Bill 2019 would have strengthened the homicide framework in Queensland and protected vulnerable children.

"The LNP's laws would have introduced a new offence of child homicide with a mandatory minimum 15-year jail term and increased the minimum non-parole period for the murder of a child under 18 from 20 to 25 years.

"Queenslanders have a right to be asking what more a person must do to get a lengthy jail term.

"We must protect our kids but Labor's laws merely tinker at the edges of a system that is tipped too heavily in favour of offenders."

 
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