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How teen, 17, was let out on bail for 50 offences before ‘mowing down couple’ #englishheadline #teen #bail #offences #mowing #couple

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A teenager alleged to have struck and killed a couple in a stolen car on Australia Day was given a slap on the wrist after pleading guilty to about 50 serious offences. 

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to a string of crimes including car theft and robbery before being released on a ‘restorative justice order’.  

He was out on bail for separate matters when he allegedly struck and killed pregnant woman Jane Leadbetter, 31, and her partner Matthew Philip Field, 37, as they walked their dog in Brisbane‘s Bayside area on Tuesday, News Corp reported. 

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk echoed community outrage when she asked why the teenager was allowed out on bail in the first place. 

‘There will be a coronial investigation. This young man is facing murder charges so there will be a full court case,’ she said, adding she was open to tightening bail laws.

It comes amid revelations the accused killer’s biological father also has an extensive criminal history.

The father (pictured) once waved a knife at another motorist while he had two children and a firearm in the car

The boy’s father was involved in a road rage incident a decade ago. 

The father, who also cannot be named, waved a knife at another motorist while he had two children and a firearm in the car. 

Despite the father’s shocking crime he was spared jail time and only fined about $2000. 

The father has also written online about having sex with underage girls and bashing people.

He once wrote on social media that he hoped a girl was underage so that he could have sex with her and ‘only do three months’ in jail. 

Ms Leadbetter, 31, and Mr Field, 37, died instantly, while their dog Frankie who they had been walking, fled from the scene

Ms Leadbetter, 31, and Mr Field, 37, died instantly, while their dog Frankie who they had been walking, fled from the scene

The Toyota LandCruiser that the teenager was allegedly driving lies damaged at the scene of the horror crash around 5.30pm on Tuesday

The Toyota LandCruiser that the teenager was allegedly driving lies damaged at the scene of the horror crash around 5.30pm on Tuesday

The couple were walking their dog when they were struck by an allegedly stolen Toyota LandCruiser, pictured at the scene on Tuesday night

The couple were walking their dog when they were struck by an allegedly stolen Toyota LandCruiser, pictured at the scene on Tuesday night

Two years ago he was nabbed bringing drugs onto prison grounds and caught arranging the delivery of narcotics into a detox facility. 

Several months later he then used the prison’s phone system to smuggle in meth and the opioid buprenorphine with the assistance of two female accomplices.

He was sentenced to 2.5 years after pleading guilty to two charges of supplying a dangerous drug within a correctional facility.

But he was released on parole in May last year. 

It did not take long before he was back behind bars.

He was tasered by police after being picked up on a return to prison warrant when he tried to flee.    

Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field were expecting their first child in the next few months

Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field were expecting their first child in the next few months

A woman pays her respects at the intersection of Finucane Road and Vienna Drive at Alexandra Hills in Brisbane where Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field were killed on Tuesday afternoon

A woman pays her respects at the intersection of Finucane Road and Vienna Drive at Alexandra Hills in Brisbane where Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field were killed on Tuesday afternoon

Autopsy results of the young couple killed on Australia Day will help police decide if the teenager charged with their murders faces further charges relating to the death of their unborn child.

The autopsies of Ms Leadbetter, 31, and her partner Mr Field, 37, who were killed when they were hit by an allegedly stolen car in the Brisbane suburb of Alexandra Hills, are taking place on Thursday.

‘We will await analysis of the autopsies but also legal advice in considering any further charges that might be applicable in this case,’ Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd told reporters on Wednesday.

While he could not go into detail about the 17-year-old alleged offender’s history with the case before the court, Mr Codd said some of the reporting had been incorrect.

‘There is some reporting about the offender being on bail for a large number of serious criminal offences analogous to the incident that we saw on Tuesday. That is not correct,’ he said.  

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she is open to tightening bail laws if necessary

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she is open to tightening bail laws if necessary 

 

She said the community and governments needed to step up and deal with youth justice but she was careful when asked if magistrates needed to do the same.

Opposition Leader David Crisafulli said Queensland’s breach of bail laws were broken.

Kate Leadbetter (right) was six months pregnant and excited to start a family with her long-term boyfriend Matty Field (left) when they were rundown and killed in Brisbane on Tuesday

Kate Leadbetter (right) was six months pregnant and excited to start a family with her long-term boyfriend Matty Field (left) when they were rundown and killed in Brisbane on Tuesday

‘We’ve long advocated for a bit of common sense in the Youth Justice Act, we’ve long advocated that breach of bail should again be an offence,’ he said.

‘We will hold the government to account. I do not want to wait four years because there will be more people whose lives are ripped apart.’

Police allege the 17-year-old male ran a red light and deliberately collided with a truck at an intersection before the 4WD rolled and ploughed into the couple who were crossing the road.

Outside court on Wednesday, the teen’s lawyer Patrick Horgan said it had been a ‘very traumatic experience for everyone involved’ and declined to comment further.

The teen has been remanded to reappear by video link in March.

Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field had been dating for more than four years 



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