I sometimes get into trouble for drawing sentences to the attention of Troppodillians that look too light to me. Well maybe someone can set me straight. I’ve not checked out the cases, but they look wrong to me.
Case 1. An 11-year-old Canberra boy who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl at knife-point was found not guilty by an ACT judge on the grounds he was too young to realise he had done something wrong. The boy had someone else go on the lookout while he perpetrated this act. I wonder why he did that if he didn’t think what he was doing was wrong.
Case 2. Mathew Newton – Bert’s son – bashed up his former partner Brooke and was given a 12 month good behaviour bond. This was overturned on appeal. In Jocelyn Scutt’s words in today’s Crikey! (not available on Crikey’s website) “The appeal was not upheld, said his Honour, because of Newton’s talent as an entertainer or because his parents were Australian icons. Rather, his ”mental illness” at the time, ”punishment” by the media and the ”extraordinary personal references”, along with the impact upon his career, warranted quashing the conviction.”