Pride of Australia Pre-National Ceremony with Damien Leith Daily Telegraph
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Jail: Jock Palfreeman
FRIENDS of former Sydney private schoolboy
Jock Palfreeman will meet outside Bulgarian
embassies ahead of his sentencing this week.
The 22-year-old is in jail in the Bulgarian capital
waiting for the courts to deliver a verdict after he
was charged two years ago with murdering a man
during a street fight. He faces 20 years in jail.
Supporters plan to visit the Bulgarian Embassy
in Canberra as well as Bulgarian Embassies in
Athens and London today to remind authorities of
their concern and will also hand out leaflets.
Performing: Singer Damien Leith with Pride of Australia medal nominee Kate Smith yesterday Picture: Sam Ruttyn
Leith hails nation’s unsung heroes
NEW Australian Damien Leith will
perform for an audience of heroes —
including cancer survivor Kate Smith
— at the Pride of Australia Awards
Ms Smith, 23, who battled neuro-
blastoma from birth, is one of seven
finalists vying for the young leader
category at the awards, an initiative
of News Limited newspapers includ-
ing The Daily Telegraph.
The awards recognise ‘‘unsung
heroes’’ in categories including brav-
ery, care and compassion, commun-
ity spirit and emergency services.
‘‘I’ve met people who do volun-
tary work every single day, just doing
it and getting involved,’’ Leith said.
‘‘They never look for praise, they
just do it because they want to.’’
He will sing his signature hit
Hallelujah during the gala ceremony
at Sydney’s Westin Hotel, which will
also include a performance by INXS
and video messages from Prince
Charles and actor Hugh Jackman.
Leith became an Australian citizen
three years ago after he married local
woman Eileen, with whom he has
two young children Jarvis and Jagger.
‘‘This is where I’m raising my kids
and I’m very proud of that,’’ he said.
Ms Smith has devoted most of her
life to voluntary work, despite her
first operation to remove a tumour
leaving her with nerve damage.
During school she got involved
with various charities, including
World Vision and Cancer Council.
‘‘I’ve always been interested in
doing as much as I can,’’ Ms Smith
said. ‘‘What I hope someone would
do for me if they had time.’’
Watch the awards live from 8pm at
Child sentences deferred
CHILDREN who kill will have
their final sentence postponed,
sometimes until they are adults,
under a radical plan being con-
sidered by the State Government.
It would give courts the oppor-
tunity to see how young murderers
mature as they grow up and their
potential for rehabilitation — or
whether they posed a danger to
However, while the provisional
sentence could be reduced in the
future, it could not be extended.
And families of the victims of
young killers would be shut out of
the final sentencing decision.
The recommendations were made
by the NSW Sentencing Council in a
report to be released today.
Called provisional sentencing, it
would be the first in the world and
Attorney-General John Hatzi-
stergos said it would be a radical
departure from existing laws, which
would provide for finality in all
The debate was sparked by the
case of a 13-year-old boy who
murdered a three-year-old neigh-
bour he barely knew. He broke into
her parents’ home at night and
stabbed the girl through the heart.
Trial judge Justice James Wood,
who jailed the boy for 20 years with
a minimum term of 10 years, said at
the time that because of his age and
immaturity it was difficult for ex-
perts to accurately predict what
motivated him or whether he would
The plan is for the new sentencing
to apply to children aged between 10
and 14 who were convicted of
murder. The court would set pro-
visional minimum and maximum
terms, reviewed when necessary.
The plan has already split the
state’s legal community.
The Children’s Court opposed the
proposal with a submission stating
young people needed finality and
the victim’s family needed closure,
while both the Law Society and the
Office of the Director of Public
Prosecutions voiced concerns.
But the plan has been backed by
the Public Defenders Office and the
State Parole Authority.
The report states that between
2001 and 2007, 16 murders were
committed by juveniles but it could
not say how many were under the
age of 14. They were jailed for
between 11 and 23 years.
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