Youths face court over the tragic death of pregnant mother Sarah Paino in Hobart.

The three young passengers allegedly involved in a Hobart crash that killed a young mum in January will only face motor vehicle theft charges.

Sarah Paino, 24, was 32 weeks pregnant when she died in the early hours of January 22 following a collision with an allegedly stolen SUV in Hobart.

The baby survived after being delivered at the hospital.

A 15-year-old boy who was allegedly driving the SUV at the time of the crash has been charged with manslaughter.

But police say the available evidence determined there was no reasonable prospect of conviction in relation to more serious charges against the three young passengers.

The youths, two aged 15 and one 12, will face vehicle theft charges.

Daniel Stirling told Channel 7’s Sunday Night that baby Caleb is the spitting image of his mum.

Mr 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.

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  • How tragic. What a harsh way to learn a lesson.


  • My heart goes out to the family who now has to live without their beloved mother and wife. I hope these kids understand how serious it is what they have caused. Personally I think it’s good the 12 and 15 year old didn’t get punished heavier and only face vehicle theft charges and the other 15 year old who drove with manslaughter. A heavier sentence would most likely only destroy more lives. It’s well possible they a shaken by the incident and won’t forget this incident for the rest of their lives.


  • These children should be at home under guidance.


  • God what a terrible thing to have happened. Hope this man and his kids can find happiness.


  • This is so unfair. This 15 year old will get to live a long life whilst Sarah is no longer alive. Her family have a sentence of life without her raising a son who will never know. It just doesn’t seem to send a strong enough message and such behaviour seems to be more and more common.


  • Why doesn’t the punishment fit the crime. They were under aged and stole a car. They knew that was wrong but they also took a life. They should be made to go to Mr Stirlings place every day for at least 5 years if not longer to help him look after his kids. They are the reason he is now on his own and has to bring up his kids on his own. Make them aware that because of their actions they have ruined not just 1 family but many families including their own. If they get a slap on the hand and told not to do it again they will never learn but by making them see what their actions have done they might become decent human beings and not continue being little thugs


  • if you steal a car and in the process of being an irresponsible fool and cause death to somebody all in the car bar the driver should face manslaughter charges they didn’t think when they stole property that someone has worked hard for to buy while there doing who knows what in the car. As far as the driver is concerned all he or she wanted is a joy ride that took some ones life its not man slaughter as far as im concerned being a dick head its murder lock up not a slap and community service in the past week I have seen three cars wrecked plates gone its not as it was a pure accident no one has control


  • So the other 3 will only face motor vehicle stealing charges, does that right there not tell you that they are in possession of a possible lethal weapon. And did that not prove to be the case. All 4 had no regard for any body else or their safety that night. I think whatever the driver gets & it should be a very, very heavy sentence the passengers should at least get half that sentence, they were just as much involved as the driver.


  • send all these that have no care of other peoples property and the dangers that cause by their actions, to boot camp no ifs or buts. dont their parents care or have no control of them , if there 18 or older send them to army for two years.


  • Awful !! I don’t know if this sentence is equal to a Sarah Paino’s life, but I hope and pray this teenagers don’t take what happened lightly !


  • That is terrible. They did more than steal a car and be charged appropriately


  • It does not matter how many times people like this are told they will always go out and do it again. Some show no remorse at what they have done. We can only hope that these youth learn their lesson and others might think before acting.


  • I hope justice is served and the sentence is equal to a woman’s life.


  • This is why we should teach kids consequences in schools. They just don’t think about their actions and act on impulse. It just a sorry thing that usually they are the ones who don’t get hurt but the innocent that suffer.
    I hope and pray that they learn from this tragedy and become better citizens, although, I doubt that the local community will ever let them forget what they have done.
    Daniel is going to have such a hard road to following in the coming months and years. We all wish him and his boys the very best.

    • schools do teach kids consequences – the buck needs to stop being passed off to teachers and the hard work and parenting needs to be done at home. Why were these kids out in the middle of the night? They should have been home in bed. Its a parental responsibility not the education system or schools.


  • My heart goes out to you. Your love is true and it was taken away by three foolish young boys, who had the idea that they are invincible. It always amazes me that the innocent and unsuspecting are the ones who get killed and maimed and the one who perpetrate and cause the suffering walk away physically with no harm. Yet they leave a terrible aftermath and damaging legacy for the members of their loved one who was taken away from them.
    I hope that when they get older that the consequences of what they have done in destroying a beautiful life will weigh heavily on them for the rest of their lives. Hopefully they will become repentant and mend their stupid ways. Peace and blessings to Daniel and Caleb and as he grows may he know that his mother was a beautiful young woman who loved his father and waiting in hope and love for his arrival so she could pour out her love and joy on him also. RIP in peace Sarah.


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