find_bruce wrote:Colin a minor but important correction - the driver did not plead guilty - the court found he was so mentally disordered so as not to be able to plead guilty or not guilty or to go through the process of a trial
From re-reading the ABC's coverage I am guessing that the prosecution offered the family the option of having him face a lesser charge to which he would agree to plead guilty. And that they were not satisfied with the level of punishment that would have involved. Seeking revenge, is neither smart nor necessarily noble, though perfectly understandable.
I don't see any reference to appealing the outcome so I guess that that is that. No winners, all losers.
Hmmm. The more I read the more confusing it becomes. It looks like it may have made no difference whatsoever to what the family did or did not do, the outcome would seem to be constrained to about what it was anyway.
Reading media reports on court action is a lost cause.