Teenager pleads guilty to manslaughter of Hobart mother, pregnant mum Sarah Paino who died in a car accident in January.
A 15-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of pregnant Hobart woman Sarah Paino.
The court was told the teenager showed little signs of remorse during his interview telling officers he was sorry for his actions, reports 9 NEWS.
Ms Paino, 32, died in January after her car was struck in Hobart’s CBD by a four-wheel drive driven by the teenager. Doctors managed to safely deliver her unborn baby boy, Caleb, Who is “just an image of Sarah”.
Her two-year-old son, who was in the back seat of the car, survived the crash unharmed.
The teenage driver has been in custody since being charged with manslaughter and motor vehicle theft.
The three passengers in his car – a 15-year-old boy and two girls aged 15 and 12 – have also been charged with motor vehicle theft.
Her partner Daniel Stirling admitted he would never find anyone to replace his lost partner.
“I loved her, still do. I don’t think I’m going to find anyone that will come close to her. I don’t think I really want to,” he said.
UPDATE 20 May
Prosecutors are asking for the teen responsible for the death of Sarah Paino to be charged as an adult.
The now 16 year old who plead guilty to the charge of manslaughter laid against him just yesterday, prosecutors are saying that he does not deserve the leniency of the Youth Justice Act.
Director of Public Prosecutions, Daryl Coates SC says that this was “just bound to happen”.
“It may not have been Ms Paino coming through the intersection but the conduct the accused entered into was highly likely to cause an accident where death was going to result.”
Mr Coates says that the boys prolonged ‘risky behaviour’ on the night means that he should not be tried as a child, as this would lead to him receiving a maximum penalty of a mere two years detention.
He has advised Justice Helen Wood that jurisdiction should be exercised under the Criminal Code and Sentencing Act, as the Youth Justice Act does not in any way commensurate with the offence that has been committed.
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