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Offline dodger

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This must take the cake -
A Tasmanian man will spend at least five years in prison for pushing a grandmother in a random and unprovoked public attack last year that led to her death.

Carmel Nettlefold, 71, was walking into Hobart when Robert Frederick Bowden pushed her on a traffic island at New Town in broad daylight last October.

The grandmother fell, hit her head and died from her injuries four days later.

Bowden, 50, from Moonah, pleaded guilty to her manslaughter in February.

In sentencing at the Supreme Court in Hobart, Justice Shan Tennent told Bowden he had a court record spanning many years, which included matters of violence and dishonesty.

"You have been jailed many times but have continued to reoffend," Justice Tennent said

Justice Tennent said the offending did not necessarily fall into the worst category, but called for a significant penalty.

He sentenced Bowden to eight years in prison.

He will be eligible for parole after five years, and will need to pay a victims of crime compensation levy of $50.



Offline Fil-Ski

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Death sentence would be the appropriate in this case. Tell me why did we stop?

Offline Simonoz

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Id like to think this is a joke, but know its not.
What a disgrace. Im never sure if its the law at work, or the magistrate applying his own spin, but the result is so disappointing.
In WA this sort of thing has happened time and time again, and the sentences never meet society's expectations.

Offline amgsl55

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Death sentence would be the appropriate in this case. Tell me why did we stop?

Too many bleeding hearts

They'll tell you the snowtien murderers or Milat have got a chance to reform.

Offline TJB

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just what will it take for Australian legal systems to start handing down proper penalties... some people just can't be reformed

Offline NSX

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I remember this case I thought at the time what a waste of a life even though she was 71 she was going along minding her own business when this lunatic randomly assaulted her how many times does the system lets the victims down.

Offline j15

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Unfortunately the sentencing remarks aren't sufficiently thorough to properly understand how the 5 year non parole period was arrived at (which is actually described as a "significant" sentence).


Offline dodger

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The only pertinent facts are he killed someone, similar to the one punch laws now in force. He should have got life. The $50 fine just ads insult to injury for the family

Offline mondi

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Maybe it's time for someone to..................


Offline dodger

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