Victim's mother speaks out about "gay panic" defence
Grieving mum Joyce Kujala has called on Premier Campbell Newman to immediately close the legal loophole that allowed her son’s killer to walk free from jail after just four years.
Joyce said today she was devastated that one of her son’s killers, Jason Andrew Pearce, was freed from jail this month after serving just four years.
“This is a terrible loophole in the law that anyone can use to literally get away with murder,” said Joyce
“Pearce took my son's life and gave me a life sentence - he got four years and now he's free.
“My son was not gay. It just shows that anyone with a smart lawyer can use the defence against anyone.
“There is no condoning an attack on anyone, regardless of their race or religion or the way they live.
“This law is a loophole that simply encourages more crime. It’s time for Campbell Newman to close it.”
Joyce said she was grateful for Father Paul’s Change.org campaign and the support it had received.