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‘Six years for what he did to that poor little boy’: Ray slams ‘sickening’ sentence

Ray Hadley has seen many examples of inadequate sentences for serious crimes in his time.

But this has to be one of the very worst.

The stepdad of a Queensland toddler could be released from jail in just four years for his role in the child’s horrific death.

William Andrew O’Sullivan was sentenced to a maximum of nine years jail by the Brisbane Supreme Court after he admitted to hitting 22-month-old Mason Lee so hard it ruptured his intestines.

The court heard O’Sullivan did nothing to help the suffering child, who ultimately died in “pain and misery”.

After pleading guilty to manslaughter and child cruelty, O’Sullivan was sentenced to a non-parole period of six years, which could see him walk out of prison in 2022, due to time already served.

To make matters worse, O’Sullivan hasn’t been declared a serious violent offender.

“It’s sickening. It’s just sickening,” Ray says.

“Six years for what he did to that poor little boy… and then pretended on Channel Nine that he didn’t know anything about it.”

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Queensland’s Opposition leader Deb Frecklington is calling on the Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath to demand an immediate appeal, telling Ray the sentence isn’t close to being good enough.

“This simply does not meet community expectations,” she says.

“I’m a mum, I know you’re a dad, and it just doesn’t cut it.”

Ms D’Ath’s office has told the Ray Hadley Morning program, the DPP will analyse the judgement and “will advise the Attorney-General whether there are prospects for appeal.”

But Ray says Ms D’Ath needs to be doing a whole lot more in these circumstances.

“You’re the top law officer in Queensland, Yvette D’Ath. You’re the Attorney-General!

“You’re the one that can make changes. So show a bit of bottle here and do something!”

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