Justice Minister Examining Iss...


Justice Minister Examining Issues Around Sentencing for Teenage Killer

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The Department of Justice has confirmed it's examining the issues raised in court about the sentencing of a teenage boy for the murder of a woman at the IFSC in Dublin.

The 17 year old was convicted of murdering mother of two Uransetseg Tserendorj as she made her way home from work during lockdown two years ago.

The boy was convicted after a retrial. He was just 14 year old at the time of the killing so he can never be identified.

The mandatory life sentence doesn’t apply to child murderers, but the law doesn’t specify what powers a judge has if a review is built into a longer sentence.

The teenager was due to be sentenced yesterday but Judge Tony Hunt adjourned it.

He wanted to hand down a life sentence, with a review after thirteen years but said there was a 'yawning gap' in the Children's Act around the sentencing of children.

In a statement the Justice Minister, says his Department is examining the issue carefully and says if changes are necessary in the sentencing of children in the courts, they will be brought forward.

Simon Harris says he appreciates the distress any delay is causing the victim's family and expressed his condolences.

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