The Perth mother of a boy who died after being bashed and deliberately run over 18 years ago says the man who killed her son should never be freed from jail after he was sentenced in New Zealand yesterday for murdering a teenager.
Jeremy George Edward McLaughlin was sentenced to life with a minimum 23 years after a judge described the murder as "brutal and senseless", but declined to impose a term without any prospect of parole.
McLaughlin's case sparked community outrage and calls for changes to WA's legal system after he was sentenced to 12 years jail for an attack at Centenary Park in Wilson that claimed the life of 14-year-old Phillip Vidot in 1995.
McLaughlin and a co-offender were acquitted of murdering Phillip but sentenced to 12 years jail after a jury convicted them of the lesser charges of manslaughter in 1997.
McLaughlin, who was also convicted of causing grievous bodily harm to then 17-year-old Perth boy Tyron Williams, spent four years in jail before he was deported to New Zealand.
Two years ago, he murdered 13-year-old Jade Bayliss - daughter of his former girlfriend - after she found him burgling the family home.
A High Court jury in Christchurch took two hours to convict McLaughlin of Jade's murder after a trial in April. Justice Graham Panckhurst said McLaughlin, who continued to deny the crime in a letter he wanted read out in court yesterday, was "on the brink" but had not crossed the line of receiving a non-parole life term. Angry scenes erupted after the sentencing, with people in the public gallery yelling abuse as McLaughlin was led from the dock.
Outside court, Jade's mother Tina Bayliss said she was happy with the sentence and her daughter would never be forgotten.
Phillip's mother Marriya Ann Vidot said yesterday not a day passed when she did not think of her son and not enough had changed in the justice system. She said it had taken another child to be killed for McLaughlin to get a life sentence and he should never be granted parole.
"It is a life sentence for us," she said.
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