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Couple Killed by Youth Offender In Allegedly Stolen Vehicle on Australia Day

Katherine Jane Leadbetter and Matthew Philip Field were walking their two dogs on Australia Day when they were tragedy killed by a teenager driver in an allegedly stolen car. The car was allegedly stolen from a Cleveland home prior to running a red light and crashing, rolling into them. Katherine was six months pregnant at the time of the incident.

The teenager has allegedly been charged with two counts of murder and a number of other driving and theft offences. He fled the scene after the incident and subsequently attempted to steal a nearby car. It has been revealed that he was on bail at the time of committing these offences.

The devastating tragedy has sparked an outrage in the community with which has led to calls for reforms to the State’s laws surrounding youth justice punishment and bail laws. The community is calling for change so that tragedies such as this can be avoided in the future.

What are your thoughts, does the youth justice system need to be reformed?

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