Court reduces teen’s jail term

A TEENAGER who was shot by police after attempting to run over an officer and terrorising a Kotara family has had his sentence reduced in the Court of Criminal Appeal.

The offender, who was 16 at the time he and his brother went on their rampage in the early hours of March 3, 2010, was initially jailed for a maximum of six years, with a non-parole period of three years and three months.

The brothers stole a utility from Cardiff and stormed a Kotara home at about 6am that day, the court heard.

A mother was alone in the house at the time with her young children, while her husband was out jogging.

The brothers yelled threats and demanded cash but the wife could only throw jewellery, including her wedding ring, at the brothers before the husband returned and punched one of the offenders.

The couple eventually got the brothers out of the house, despite the offenders’ efforts to fight their way back in.

 Police found them  later   outside a Valentine home. The teenager drove at one officer and was shot through the leg by another before he was arrested. 

The teenager’s brother, who was an adult, was also arrested soon after.

The Court of Criminal Appeal resentenced the teenager, who will serve all of his term in juvenile detention, to four years and six months’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of two years and three months. He will be eligible for parole in October  next year.

Justice Robert Beech-Jones said the teen’s initial sentence was excessive.

‘‘When the nature of his offending is considered more 

closely and given the [offender’s] intellectual impairment, youth and absence of prior offending, [the initial sentence] was in my view too high,’’ Justice Beech-Jones said.

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