Lack Of Manadatory Sentencing Policies Could Decide State Election

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23rd October 2010, 02:42pm - Views: 795

A Statement From the Mitchell Family

Lack of Mandatory Sentencing On Gang Bashings

Could Decide Election

Melbourne Sunday 25


October  “The family of murdered Good Samaritan, Luke Mitchell,

today said the soft approach to fatal gang bashings and the lack of mandatory  minimum

sentencing provision for crimes where a swarm of  thugs  attack one person could decide the

next state election in close seats. 

Speaking of behalf of the Family Shane  Mitchell said,” every Victorian voting on November 27th

should place themselves in the shoes of families who  have had members of their families killed 

bashed or stabbed leaving them with life sentences of grief or injuries which has ruined their


Mr Mitchell said,” all, parties should spell out their commitments to introducing mandatory

sentencing for all members of gangs involved in swarm attacks, in fact there should be a bi

partisan approach. 

All local candidates should advise their communities of their views on mandatory sentencing

and there should at least be a commitment to review the laws on gang attacks with a public and

transparent enquiry where the voices of victims and their families can be heard.  

Mr Mitchell said there should be a dedicated court to deal with gang bashings and prosecutions

to be expedited. 

Thugs should be before the courts within weeks and sentenced for crimes of violence not put

out on bail to continue their lives as normal as the soft just system takes years to bring them to

trial through a fumbling legal system. 

The Premier John Brumby , the Leader of the Opposition Ted Baillieu and the Greens should

clearly state if they support mandatory sentencing for the offence of Gang Bashing  which could

include mandatory goal sentencing  for people taking part in gang attacks  for a minimum of two

years and where a death occurs a minimum of 10 years. 

Mr Mitchell said ”on election day the family urged the community to wear a red ribbon , or a

piece of red clothing  to symbolise as well as voting in the election they would be voting against

violence in the community,” 

Mandatory goal sentences should be implemented for attacks on police, ambulance and fire

emergency workers. 

Media Enquiries 

Shane Mitchell

0404 896 550.


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