Friday, 29 February 2008

Pregnant killer mum jailed for two years

A pregnant mother of five from northern New South Wales has been sentenced to two years jail for breaching the conditions on her suspended sentence for manslaughter.

Twenty-five-year-old Lacey Lee Jukes pleaded guilty in the New South Wales Supreme Court in 2006 to the manslaughter of her mother's 35-year-old partner.

Jukes fatally stabbed Mack Hati during an alcohol-fuelled argument in the family kitchen in September 2003.

She was given a two year suspended sentence, but breached parole when she and her then boyfriend broke into her maternal grandmother's house and stole jewellery to buy amphetamines.

Tamworth Court sentenced her to 12 months periodic detention for break-and-enter and stealing.

But Jukes failed to comply with her the conditions of manslaughter sentence by failing to attend counselling sessions and continuing substance abuse.

Jukes is four months pregnant and has been sentenced to two years jail, with a non-parole period of one year.

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