13-year-old boy facing trial over Australia Day murder:
· One of the youngest murder that Australia has ever seen.
· Child admitted to unlawfully killing a man following Australia Day celebrations in Perth in 2016.
· The state did not accept the plea.
· The now 13 year old boy has gone on trial in Perth Children’s Court charged with murdering the 26 year old man, Patrick Slater near Elizabeth Quay Station in the early hours of January 27th, 2016.
· Child was 11 years of age at the time of the killing.
· Part of a larger group of males who were armed with weapons before attacking Mr Slater.
· Screwdriver, socket bar and machete were later found dumped at the Elizabeth Quay construction site.
· Christopher James Birdsall, Dylan Terrance Wayne Anthony, Clinton Fredrick Mead, his brother Stefan Lazba Mead and Robert Christopher James Pickett were convicted of Mr Slater's murder.
· Birdsall must serve 18 years imprisonment, Stefan Mead at least 17 years, and Pickett, Anthony and Clinton Mead at least 16.
· Two juveniles were also convicted over Mr Slaters death.
· One who recently turned 18, was found guilty of murder and will spend at least 12 years in jail, while the other boy pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter and will face 4 years and six months imprisonment.
· The outcome of the case was that all parties involved were charged with some sort of imprisonment. One individual pleaded guilty to manslaughter, while the rest were guilty of murder. The ratio decidendi of the case was on the grounds of murder and manslaughter.
· This case relates to the rule of law since it convicted all legally involved parties with the murder/manslaughter. All counts were reached with a proper and justified amount of imprisonment.