By Fin J. Ross
The brutal bashings of a five-year-old Cody Hutchings through his step-father promoted a big switch in kingdom laws in Australia.
After Stuart John McMaster used to be discovered in charge manslaughter, the Victorian country govt brought the hot offence of kid homicide.
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You have not been charged with these other assaults, and I therefore cannot and do not impose any punishment for them. On the other hand, in this case the context necessarily affects my response to submissions that you are remorseful. 'The context is also important for another reason. I am required by law to take into account the nature and gravity of the offence. ' Cody Hutchings, his younger brother Christian, and their mother Belinda McMaster (who co-incidentally shared Stuart's surname although they weren't married or related) first came to share their home with Stuart McMaster in June 2005, when Cody was four and a half years old.
The context is also important for another reason. I am required by law to take into account the nature and gravity of the offence. ' Cody Hutchings, his younger brother Christian, and their mother Belinda McMaster (who co-incidentally shared Stuart's surname although they weren't married or related) first came to share their home with Stuart McMaster in June 2005, when Cody was four and a half years old. For the first nine months or so, the four lived a 'relatively normal' family life. Early on, McMaster claimed to have been as happy as he had ever been and he enjoyed positive interaction with Belinda and her two young boys.
You were affectionate towards them all. You joined the boys in their play, and accompanied the family on outings. You exchanged presents. 'you were a consumer of both illicit and prescribed drugs. If one drug was not available, you took another. You put this fact forward as at least a partial explanation for what you concede is totally unacceptable conduct'. According to a report prepared by consultant forensic psychologist, Elizabeth Warren, McMaster started drinking alcohol and using cannabis at the age or 12 or 13 and then three or four years later turned to heroin.
Cody's Law by Fin J. Ross
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