hoo-bloody-ray. remember this post on the ludicrous gabe watson sentencing for the ‘manslaughter’ of his wife christina? well, it looks like i’m not the only person who thinks that 12-month sentence was a joke. seems cameron dick, queensland’s attorney-general is having second thoughts as well. so he bloody well should.
In a statement, the Attorney-General Cameron Dick said he has requested the sentencing remarks, with a view to considering an appeal.
Christina Watson’s father, sister and best friend say they travelled from the US to see justice served but are feeling bitterly disappointed.
“We are in total shock over what has transpired,” Ms Watson’s father Tommy Thomas said.
In October 2003, 26-year-old Ms Watson was on her honeymoon in north Queensland when she and her husband David went diving on Yongala wreck off Townsville.
The newlywed had problems breathing.
The court heard her 32-year-old husband, who was also her dive buddy, did nothing to help despite holding a dive search and rescue certificate.
Watson said he panicked and surfaced to tell the crew while his wife sank to the ocean floor.
The American voluntarily returned to Queensland last month, indicating he was prepared to face a murder charge.
However, the prosecution accepted his guilty plea to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
sometimes i wonder what the hell is going on with the queensland justice system. this week alone here on the gold coast, we had a guy who glassed a kid get off, and a bloke who yanked a guy out of his car, ran over him a couple of times, kicked him in the head and then torched his car, get off with no jail time because he was ‘depressed’.
fuck me. if i asked for a bit of leniency every time i was a bit depressed, i’d never have to take responsibility for another decision, ever.
full story from the abc, by the way.