Last week, Jones + Associates Was Successful in The Queensland Court of Appeal:
Last week, Jones + Associates was successful in the Queensland Court of Appeal, which overturned the Murder conviction of two youths in relation to the death of a third child, Angus Beaumont.
Whilst the incident leading to the death was nothing short of tragic and obviously entirely avoidable, the Court of Appeal found that the convictions were secured in a way that could not be allowed to stand.
Overturning a Murder conviction is not an action that our justice system takes lightly (or often) and it should not be dismissed an ‘unjust’ simply because the incident resulted in such a tragic outcome for a young person and his loved ones.
Due to the fact the matter involves defendants who are children, there are limits to what facts of the matter can be reported. The facts of what occurred on the night of the incident have not been fully and properly ventilated publicly and it is for that reason, caution should be exercised when rushing to ‘judgment’ about the Court of Appeal’s decision.
Matters that involve the death of a person play out in a unique atmosphere of understandable trauma and emotions, from many parties. It is in that context that there is often significant media and public scrutiny on matters such as this.
However, outside emotions or outrage cannot and do not become relevant considerations for courts in their consideration of matters of evidence and law.
It is important to consider that if you or a loved one were ever accused of a crime, no matter the seriousness or outcome, that you would be afforded fairness despite any outside or public comment or emotion.