Teen killer released from jail

A YOUTH who, with 'no justification of any kind', killed Raleigh man Simon Dingle with a single punch in Tasmania, has been paroled after serving just 18 months in jail.

The Tasmanian Parole Board decision has angered Mr Dingle's family.

Simon's mother, Vinnie, had previously made a passionate plea to authorities to reconsider, after speaking out publicly against the court sentence handed down to her son's killer.

Mr Dingle, 27, who was visiting Deloraine fruit picking at the time was killed with one punch by the 17-year-old, who the court heard was trying to "big note himself" at the Deloraine Caravan Park in January last year.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been charged with murder, but this was downgraded to manslaughter because the teenager had not foreseen that death would be a consequence of his actions.

He was sentenced in the Launceston Supreme Court in July last year to three years' jail and given a non-parole period of 18 months, having pleaded guilty to the charge.

The court proceedings heard Mr Dingle was struck "once with a powerful punch that connected between the base of the skull behind the right ear and the neck".

He immediately fell to the ground unconscious and died from a severance of the vertebral artery.

Mr Dingle had $40 stolen from his wallet as he lay on the ground bleeding.

The court was told that no justification of any kind had been suggested for hitting Mr Dingle.

The youth attempted to help Mr Dingle once he realised he had caused "a significant injury".

In its decision, the Parole Board noted Mr Dingle's family was still devastated.

"The Board notes that the impact of the applicant's crime on the family of the deceased has been significant and that the shock and sorrow experienced on the loss of their brother and son remains with them despite the passage of time that has elapsed since his death," it was noted.

However it concluded the youth, who has been released from the Ashley Youth Detention Centre, was remorseful and had undertaken drug, alcohol and anger management counselling.

It also noted that it "appears" the youth had a number of work "options", although the teenager "may have some challenges in returning to his local community".



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