Cody's Law by Fin J. Ross

By Fin J. Ross

The brutal bashings of a five-year-old Cody Hutchings by way of his step-father promoted an important swap in nation laws in Australia.

After Stuart John McMaster used to be discovered responsible manslaughter, the Victorian kingdom govt brought the recent offence of kid homicide.

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You were a consumer of both illicit and prescribed drugs. If one drug was not available, you took another. You put this fact forward as at least a partial explanation for what you concede is totally unacceptable conduct'. According to a report prepared by consultant forensic psychologist, Elizabeth Warren, McMaster started drinking alcohol and using cannabis at the age or 12 or 13 and then three or four years later turned to heroin. Eighteen months before moving in with Belinda, he decided to cease using heroin and was prescribed Buprenorphine to help him do so.

As Justice Harper said to Stuart McMaster ... 'You were affectionate towards them all. You joined the boys in their play, and accompanied the family on outings. You exchanged presents. 'you were a consumer of both illicit and prescribed drugs. If one drug was not available, you took another. You put this fact forward as at least a partial explanation for what you concede is totally unacceptable conduct'. According to a report prepared by consultant forensic psychologist, Elizabeth Warren, McMaster started drinking alcohol and using cannabis at the age or 12 or 13 and then three or four years later turned to heroin.

It is also relevant to note the context in which the fatal assault occurred. It was one of a series of physical attacks on Cody that were systematic and serious. Some of them were brutal. You have not been charged with these other assaults, and I therefore cannot and do not impose any punishment for them. On the other hand, in this case the context necessarily affects my response to submissions that you are remorseful. 'The context is also important for another reason. I am required by law to take into account the nature and gravity of the offence.

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