Friday, May 11, 2012

Bogan Justice

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.
The judgement:
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.


Anonymous LUISA BELL said...

Listen here you self absorbed, cynical, heartless and cold hearted journalist; you have obviously never lost anyone in your life let alone a brother, a son or a close friend. Posting inconsiderate blogs about real life issues may be your job, and for that I pity you, but this was a human being not scum that you believe 'never had much of a chance'. Perhaps you should sit back and ponder why you can only find a job that consists of mediocre tasteless journalism? Yes, you are really on a bright career path !

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's not a journalist just a blogger- its not a career

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luisa Bell - as I read it, the attack was on the dead kid's mother and social group.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am teigen burrows the sister of the 16 year old boy who has been murdered my brother was not in a graffitti gang the media has all the facts wrong as does the judge my brother was a smart boy who worked hard and was very loyal to his friends that is the reason why he was there in the first place to help his friend out you dont know anything but what the media says so how dare you! what i just read was discusting you should be ashamed of your self for degrading a dead boys name if you saw the amount of people that came to his funeral you would under stand what a wonderful person he was and his friends are all young men you try losing your best friend when you are at the age of 16/17 by a stab to the heart and see how you react when the people that support the person that stabbed him in the heart are smiling and laughing at you i am so angered by what i just read you make me sick! get your facts right before you go parading around with your ridiculous little blogs you sound just like one of them MURDERER SUPPORTERS you should be ashamed just discusting!

10:33 AM  
Blogger Minicapt said...

Not only tedious but illiterate. In the past fifty years, no teenage hoodlum has ever been less than very bright, very caring, totally loves his mother/sister,would never perform an illegal act, never hurt a kitty, etc. Usually these affecting statements are expected to whitewash a record of anti-social behaviours which would cause the Marquis de Sade to blush.

Quite frankly, dear child, you are not to be believed.


5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fair go, a teenager doesn't deserve to die for graffiti - are you serious? Get a life.

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Teigen Burrows, if the media have it all wrong as you say, then you should look up the Press Council.

It might help if you remove that photo of your brother(?) spraypainting a wall which is on your Facebook page.

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Skye Tito said...

Minicapt; Oh of course you attack on the insignificant fact of an individuals spelling and grammar when your argument withholds no substantial evidence or comment grasps no genuine relevance here. You're commenting upon someone you don't even know nor a situation you know anything about. Assuming that you consider yourself to be a person of intelligence, why do you breathe into every word the media says? You do not know anything making your input invalid. Todd Burrows was a wonderful, bright young man who accomplished an outstanding amount for his age. He was intelligent and obtained a high work ethic. Since you are so consumed amongst the lies the media portrayed and the mistake that Peter Garling made, let me put this into lamen terms for you so you can grasp an understanding; Todd did not take, obtain or use a weapon during the fight, there was absolutely NO broken bottle. But the statement of facts read by Peter Garling was wrong. As for yourself, the blogger and any other anonymous comments. How dare you speak ill of Todd Burrows when he was a well respected person within this community and how dare you speak ill of the mother who loved and cherished her son and gave him a nurturing childhood and provided him with the best and last but most certainly not least, how dare you speak to his sister Teigen Burrows in a belittling and condescending manner when she knew her own brother better then any of you cynical, conceited, heartless animals. You're all pathetic and don't know the slightest clue about the situation let alone the grief people such as yourselves bring upon the Burrows family. It's a shame, having to justify the good character of a person to pitiful people such as yourselves. Who write all these cynical judgments without a care in the world.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Helena Andreou said...

i dont know who you are or what education you have but im sure you once was a child as well and done stupid things but to bring up the picture of Tj graffiting on teigans burrows page has nothing to do with the justice system,it also doesnt give the right for a group of 3 thuggs lashing at a 16 year old with knifes,sticks,
bottles and what ever else and taking his life away. you get more for ripping the system off or miss treating animals and the other thing is as well dont comment till you know all the facts.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had dealings with this Burrows family and friends I would say very low class look at there family history who will be the next in headlines

5:30 PM  
Anonymous TRUTH said...

I know this family and there nothing but trouble from the mother, father and each one of there children.
However, No child deserves to die, and no mother deserves to lose her child.
This is the result of a broken home, which leads to teenagers turning to violence.
Comment and say what you like but it will not change the truth.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

you gutless wonder anonymous. Low class? we work and we pay our taxes if you had any idea how law abiding we were to the letter of the law until the law did us wrong you should hide behind anonymity because you are a coward just like the coward who stole my son's life. Not for graffiti but for loyalty. The graffiti issue was between two others while todd came to assist his friend who was being attacked. get your facts right. Dealing with us a a are gutless to remain anonymous. Hypocrite.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

minicapt my son was no thug. our family are only broken now due to filth that continue to breathe, my daughter is a loving are a over opinionated uninformed hypocrite. come visit my home anytime. You will see first hand the devastation that we live with.

9:54 AM  

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