The Northern Territory Attorney-General John Elferink has told BuzzFeed News that the NT Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) will not appeal the sentence given to 23-year-old Matthew Alexander for the hit-and-run death of eight-year-old Jack Sultan-Page on the outskirts of Darwin last year.
Elferink says that the DPP Director Jack Karczewski QC found Justice Stephen Southwood sentencing to be fair.
"I asked the head of the DPP here to review whether or not the sentence was manifestly inadequate. The head of the DPP has indicated that he is disinclined to appeal it on the grounds that the sentence was adequate in relation to the offence for which he was found guilty," he said.
Sultan-Page was riding his BMX bike on Davoren Circuit in Moulden, a suburb of Palmerston, a satellite city on the outskirts of Darwin, when he was struck by Alexander's car last November
After hitting the eight-year-old, Alexander kept driving, leaving the injured boy on the road, he then later tried to hide the damage on the front of his vehicle. Alexander was charged with failing to stop and render assistance. Sultan-Page later died in Darwin Base Hospital from head injuries.
News that the DPP will not appeal has devastated Faye and Michael Sultan-Page who say they feel deserted by the system.
An online petition calling for the NT DPP Director Jack Karczewski to appeal the sentence has garnered almost 10,000 signatures.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda slammed the Northern Territory justice system when the sentence was handed down last month.
Formerly with BuzzFeed News, Allan Clarke is a NITV reporter based in Sydney.
Contact Allan Clarke at arielle.benedek+AC@buzzfeed.com.
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