Qld government amends juvenile crime laws after Emma Lovell’s death

Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a new set of sentences for young people committing serious crimes following the alleged North Lakes home invasion that led to the death of mother Emma Lovell.

Palaszczuk told reporters Thursday that the Queensland government would make a number of changes to the way police and courts work when it comes to juvenile delinquency.

Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced juvenile justice reforms on Thursday.

Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced juvenile justice reforms on Thursday.Credit:chirp

Changes include increasing the maximum penalty for stealing a car from seven to ten years. A stricter maximum sentence of 14 years will also be possible for judges if the offense is committed at night or if the offender uses violence.

Lovell was allegedly stabbed to death after two 17-year-olds broke into her and her husband’s home on Boxing Day. Paramedics were unable to rescue her and her death has reignited calls for a crackdown on juvenile delinquency.

Palaszczuk said the Juvenile Justice Act will also be amended, requiring courts to consider a criminal’s previous bail history, while increasing penalties for offenders who boast about their crimes on social media.

She said there will also be more police patrols and $9.89 million to expedite sentencing programs in locations across Queensland, including Brisbane, Townsville, Southport and Cairns.

“We know this was a tragedy, a murder that shocked Queensland and all,” Palaszczuk said.

“Today we are announcing a series of tougher penalties to address these issues surrounding juvenile delinquency in Queensland.

“As we know, between five and ten percent of these most serious crimes are committed by 16 and 17 year olds and now is the time to act.

“These are strict measures, they are being put in place and, as said, community safety is paramount here.”

There’s more to come…

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