In 1996 in Melbourne, a 13 year old boy became one of the youngest people in Australia to be found guilty of murder.
Now, we can’t use his real name, as the courts have suppressed his details and sealed his records, so we’re going to call him Sam West. From an early age, Sam’s life seemed to be destined to be one of poverty, criminality and misery. But could Sam make his own fate and escape where he had come from to a better future?
In a series of bad associations and even worse decisions, teenage Sam’s aspirations would come undone after attempting to rob taxi driver Peter Coe.
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Sources: Outside the Law: Australian True Crime Stories, Death of a Taxi Driver by Murray Mottram. The story of S, By Kate Legge, The Australian, March 25, 2010. Boy, 14, one of the youngest people to be charged with murder in Victoria, by Mark Dunn, HeraldSun, July 18, 2012. Taxi Killing: Boy sent for trial on murder, The Age, December 9th, 1995. Media Release – November 3rd 1996 – Taxi Driver’s League, Victoria – Australia. Government Bans Taxi Magazine. Who Really Is To Blame For Peter Coe’s Death? By Raymond Hoser, President, Taxi Driver’s League (Victoria – Australia). Rape law reform – Australian institute of criminologyaic.gov.au by JA Scutt.
Aussie As Sources: James Shearer, 27, jailed after shooting cop gun at Canberra Hospital, Craig Dunlop, Canberra Star via the Daily Telegraph, April 28, 2020, James William Shearer sentenced to 11 years in jail for shooting police officer’s gun in Canberra Hospital, Elizabeth Byrne, ABC news, April 30, 2020