Provo­ca­tion no de­fence

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

MUR­DER­OUS ex-lovers and ceme­tery van­dals face much tougher penal­ties af­ter new laws mean an ac­cused mur­derer can no longer claim par­tial provo­ca­tion as a legal de­fence. At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Paul Lu­cas said there were many se­ri­ous and sad cases that led to the new laws. Gold Coast man Damian Karl Sebo, 30, had a mur­der charge down­graded to man­slaugh­ter af­ter us­ing the provo­ca­tion de­fence to claim his girl­friend, Taryn Jessica Hunt, 16, taunted him about end­ing their re­la­tion­ship. He bashed her to death with a steer­ing wheel lock in 2005. Mean­while, peo­ple who will­fully dam­age and de­stroy head­stones, ceme­ter­ies, places of wor­ship and war memo­ri­als now face a max­i­mum seven years’ jail. The amend­ments also in­tro­duce a new of­fence of in­ter­fer­ing with a grave to deal with those oc­ca­sions where the des­e­cra­tion does not cause phys­i­cal dam­age.

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