On October 30th 2010, 16 year old Todd "TJ" Burrows was fatally stabbed through the heart by 18 year old Jay Cook. In May 2012, Jay Cook was convicted of manslaughter over his death.
He was sentenced to a minimum of 4 years in jail.
Picture this…your son, your grandson, your nephew, brother or other 16 year old dearly loved and adored male is stabbed viciously and fatally while defending his mate who was attacked by a group of five men. He didn’t start the fight, he didn’t have a weapon he went to the aid of a mate who rang for assistance. The judicial system believed the lie that the offender with a previous criminal record of break and enter was able to be rehabilitated because he said sorry and didn’t mean it. He claimed he conveniently ‘found’ a flick knife on the ground. After stabbing and killing the boy the 5 drove off. The boy’s friends came to help him but it was too late. JUSTICE PETER GARLING saw fit to give this offender 10 years jail with 3 years discount for pleading guilty and 4 years served on parole, after 18 months already served this murderer will be out in another 2 years.
This is why the NSW Attorney-General and the NSW government needs to act to introduce Mandatory Minimum sentences of 10 years for people convicted of killing or severly wounding someone else with a knife.
Make sure are laws are tough enough to effectively deter and punish future offenders. Prevent another family from losing a much loved son, brother, grandson and nephew.
Please show your support for this vital law change by signing the petition.
Christine Burrows - mother of TJ