Violence [sic] scenes erupted in a Sydney courtroom after a young man who stabbed a 16-year-old boy to death was jailed for a minimum of four years.
Resounding screams reverberated through the NSW Supreme Court on Friday, after Jay William Cook was sentenced over the 2010 manslaughter of 16-year-old Todd Burrows.
Four years seems pretty light. But why was he killed?
Cook had pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of the year 11 student, who died from a stab wound to his chest after a fight broke out between two opposing groups of graffiti gangs at St Andrews in Sydney's southwest.
While noting the seriousness of the crime, Justice Garling said Cook was only 18 at the time of the incident and his actions had "all the hallmarks of an immature teenager".
"He is a relatively young man. He was of reasonably good character. He is intelligent and his prospects of rehabilitation are good," Justice Garling said.
Two years after the death, what have his friends learned? Not much.
Fights erupted outside the court between young men from the opposing sides, while the Burrows family held each other and sobbed. (Video)
"He got four years," Ms Burrows told reporters. "Mums, that's what your kids are worth to those arseholes. Four years
By 'arseholes', she was referring to His Honour. A bottle was thrown
at Cook in the court room, halting the formal sentencing process. Such was the gravitas in the courtroom...
It is unclear what the late Todd Burrows' Mother said while her child was running around with a criminal graffiti gang. Even if he were still alive, the poor kid probably never had much of a chance.