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Annastacia Palaszczuk says courts will now be able to fit teenagers out on bail with GPS trackers #Annastacia #Palaszczuk #courts #fit #teenagers #bail #GPS #trackers

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a crack down on young criminals with ‘all the force and resources at our disposal’ after a series of shocking alleged murders rocked the state. 

Courts will now be able to have high risk offenders aged 16 and 17 fitted with GPS trackers as part of bail conditions and police on the Gold Coast will carry metal detecting wands to stamp out knife crime under the tough new measures.  

‘The new measures will target hardcore youth criminals who repeatedly offend and put the community at risk,’ Ms Palaszczuk said on Tuesday. 

‘They will feel the full force of the law when it comes to our changes on bail.’

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) has announced tough new measures to deal with youth crime 

There have been growing calls for action after a Brisbane couple and their unborn baby were killed when a teenager allegedly crashed a suspected stolen car on Australia Day.

On Friday night a Townsville woman was killed when she was hit by a car being driven by a vigilante, who had been chasing down an alleged stolen car being driven by teenagers.

The premier has appointed former police anti-terrorism commander Assistant Commissioner Cheryl Scanlon to lead a new youth crime taskforce co-ordinating the crackdown.

‘The loss of four innocent lives cannot go unanswered. It is clear to me and to the community that some young offenders simply don’t care about consequences,’ Ms Palaszczuk said. 

‘It’s this 10 per cent who are responsible for 48 per cent of the crime. They’re the ones we are going to target with all the force and resources at our disposal.’

Ms Palaszczuk said the changes target about 400 repeat offenders who are responsible for almost half of all the state’s youth crime. 

Matt Field, 37, (left), Kate Leadbetter, 31 (right) and their unborn son Miles were killed on Australia Day after they were struck by an allegedly stolen car driven by a teenager in Alexandra Hills, Brisbane

Matt Field, 37, (left), Kate Leadbetter, 31 (right) and their unborn son Miles were killed on Australia Day after they were struck by an allegedly stolen car driven by a teenager in Alexandra Hills, Brisbane

The couple had been dating for more than four years and were expecting their first child. Also pictured are their beloved pets, dogs Frankie and Django and their cat

The couple had been dating for more than four years and were expecting their first child. Also pictured are their beloved pets, dogs Frankie and Django and their cat

Assistant Commissioner Scanlan served as a police officer for 33 years and worked in child safety before heading the state’s Security and Counter Terrorism Command and is ‘the perfect choice’ to lead the operation, Ms Palaszczuk said.    

Seven legislative changes, including the use of GPS trackers, will be passed by the government later this month. 

‘It’s not the panacea, but it is one tool that we don’t have right now,’ Assistant Commissioner Scanlon said.

‘We have seen it used in other places and that’s what the trial is all about.’

Judges will also have a presumption against bail for offenders who commit serious indictable offences such as breaking and entering, sexual assault and armed robbery while on bail.

Parents and guardians will have to provide assurances in court that bail conditions will be met before young offenders are released.

Jennifer Board, 22, (pictured) was killed after after she was hit by a Holden Statesman, which had allegedly been following a stolen Hyundai sedan during a suspected vigilante pursuit

Jennifer Board, 22, (pictured) was killed after after she was hit by a Holden Statesman, which had allegedly been following a stolen Hyundai sedan during a suspected vigilante pursuit

The fatal crash devastated the Far North Queensland city, where many blamed the state's 'broken' youth justice laws for the tragedy

The fatal crash devastated the Far North Queensland city, where many blamed the state’s ‘broken’ youth justice laws for the tragedy

Youth justice laws will be amended to ensure they note that the community must be protected from recidivist offenders and that offending on bail is an aggravating circumstance for sentencing purposes.

Anti-hooning laws will make the vehicle owners responsible for crimes, unless their vehicle is stolen or if they can identify another driver.

Gold Coast police will be given metal detector wands to search youths for knives and a parliamentary inquiry will examine the use of remote engine immobilisers for vehicles.

Ms Palaszczuk said former police commissioner Bob Atkinson will also evaluate the plan after six months.

‘Now it’s not going to happen overnight, let me be very clear about that, it is going to take time,’ she said.

The issue has become highly charged following the deaths of pedestrians Kate Leadbetter, who was pregnant, and her partner Matt Field when they were struck by an allegedly stolen car driven by a teenager in Alexandra Hills on January 26.

Calls for reform increased with the death of 22-year-old motorcyclist Jennifer Board at Thuringowa, Townsville on Friday night.

She was hit by a Holden Statesman, which had allegedly been following a stolen Hyundai sedan during a suspected vigilante pursuit.

The fatal crash devastated the Far North Queensland city, where many blamed the state’s ‘broken’ youth justice laws for the tragedy 

YOUTH CRIME CRACK DOWN

– Courts will get more powers allowing them to:

• Require fitting of electronic monitoring devices (GPS Trackers) as a condition of bail for recidivist high risk offenders aged 16 and 17

• Create a presumption against bail for youth offenders arrested for committing further serious indictable offences (such as breaking and entering, serious sexual assault and armed robbery) while on bail

• Seek assurances from parents and guardians that bail conditions will be complied with before an offender is released

• Strengthen existing bail laws to provide further guidance to the courts – the Youth Justice Act will be amended to include a reference to the community being protected from recidivist youth offenders in the Charter of Youth Justice Principles

–  Anti-hooning laws will be strengthened to hold the registered owner of a vehicle responsible except where the vehicle has been stolen or the owner can identify another person was driving

– Police will be given metal detecting wands to target knife crime on the Gold Coast 

Source: Annastacia Palaszczuk  

A 25-year-old Bushland Beach man who was allegedly driving the Holden was charged with murder.

Two 18-year-old men, from Rasmussen and Garbutt, were also charged with theft after the fatal crash.   

The state opposition has focused its criticism of the state’s youth justice system on what is says are lenient breach of bail laws.



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