Friday, 4 May 2007

Teens who killed taxi driver jailed

Two teenage girls who killed a taxi driver in western Sydney in January last year, have been jailed for at least three-and-a-half years.

The Supreme Court has been told the girls, who were 14-years-old at the time, dragged Youbert Hormozi out of his taxi after he tried to grab one of them when they got out without paying the fare at Canley Heights.

They kicked and punched the 53-year-old before abandoning him on the road and driving-off in his taxi.

Mr Hormozi had severe coronary disease and died from a heart attack triggered by the assault.

The girls pleaded not guilty for murder but guilty for manslaughter.

The judge said the offences were serious but the sentences should reflect that they were committed by young people whose judgment was affected by drugs and alcohol.

The girls were sentenced to six years' in a juvenile detention centre, with a non-parole period of three-and-a-half years.

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