Lock brutal killers up for longer
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Brisbane father Matthew Williamson and his housemate Christopher Kent sexually and physically abused, neglected and, ultimately, killed three-year-old Kyhesha-Lee Joughin in 2013.
Tiny Kyhesha-Lee died from severe internal injuries after her father bashed her tummy so hard that he perforated her bowel.
Williamson and Kent then got stoned for three days, leaving the youngster alone and in pain until she died.
Kyhesha-Lee suffered prolonged sexual and physical abuse and neglect in the short time that she lived with these two men.
Williamson pleaded guilty to manslaughter and on April 6 he was sentenced to nine years in jail. With parole he will be free in seven years.
Christopher Kent pleaded guilty in 2016 to manslaughter and was sentenced to two years’ jail. He was released immediately because of time served.
The maximum sentence for manslaughter in Queensland is 14 years.
The RED HEART Campaign calls on Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath and Director of Public Prosecutions Michael Roderick Byrne to appeal both of their sentences.
Both prison terms are manifestly inadequate for bashing a defenceless and helpless child and then leaving her to die a painful death.
At three years old, this tiny beautiful fragile youngster needed hugs and kisses, fairy-tales and toys.
She did not need nightmares, sexual abuse, violence and murder.
Kyhesha-Lee was let down by the two men that abused and neglected her to death.
She was let down by the judge that decided her life was worth no more than seven years in jail.
Please, Ms Palaszczuk, show you care for our kids. Take a stand and make the Director of Public Prosecutions appeal these sentences.
Please, Ms D'Ath, show you support our children, not their abusers, and use your powers to keep her callous father in jail.
Please, Mr Byrne, do everything in your power to have these appalling sentences reverse so these horrible violent killers are locked up for the maximum term.
We beg you, don't let Kyhesha-Lee Joughin down again.
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