Review William Andrew O'Sullivan's sentence for the manslaughter of Mason Jet Lee
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We the undersigned call on the Queensland Attorney General to conduct an urgent review of the sentence handed down to Andrew William O'Sullivan for the manslaughter of Mason Jet Lee.
William Andrew O'Sullivan pleaded guilty to manslaughter of 22 month old Mason Jet Lee. Mason suffered extreme and prolonged abuse at the hands of O'Sullivan who was the partner of Mason's mother. Mason suffered cellulitis, likely caused by an insect bite that became infected, a prolapsed anus, severe nappy rash, a fractured leg, constipation, abscesses, mouth ulcers, peritonitis (inflammation of the membrane lining the abdominal wall), septicemia (allowed faecal matter to contaminate his bloodstream), fractured coccyx, bruises to the forehead, jaw, chest and abdomen, and the list goes on,
Mason inevitably died from sepsis, as a result of a fatal blow to his abdomen which ruptured his small intestine. He was left in agony and further abused for 5 days before his little body finally gave up.
O'Sullivan received a sentence of 9 years and could be eligible for parole in 4 years. As a community we believe this is in no way adequate sentencing for such abhorrent treatment of a vulnerable young child.
There are countless examples of people being sentenced for crimes such as tax fraud or theft, who received similar or heftier sentences, yet someone who tortured and killed an innocent and vulnerable toddler receives such a short sentence. There is meant to be an aspect of deterrence applied in criminal sentencing, This sentence tells the community that one can kill a child in the most torturous of ways, and only spend a few short years in jail. Little Mason's life should be worth more than the pathetic sentence handed down to O'Sullivan.
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