Mason Lee suffered an agonising death
Mason Lee suffered an agonising death

Newman lashes sentence over toddler's painful death

CAMPBELL Newman has launched a stinging rebuke of the Queensland judiciary, suggesting the lenient sentence handed to Mason's Lee killer would not have happened if former chief justice Tim Carmody had remained in the role.

The ex-premier, who was famously at war with the Supreme Court bench during his term in power, hit out amid community outrage over the sentence handed to child-killing brute William O'Sullivan.

Chief Justice Catherine Holmes imposed a minimum six years jail for the killing of Mason Jet Lee.
 

QueenslandÕs next Chief Justice Tim Carmody. Photographer: Liam Kidston.
QueenslandÕs next Chief Justice Tim Carmody. Photographer: Liam Kidston.

"It's a pity that Tim Carmody as Chief Justice was not permitted by his peers in the judiciary to adopt a stance more in line with community standards,'' Mr Newman said.

Judge Carmody, whose appointment to the prestigious role by Mr Newman in 2014 was met with an extraordinary backlash judges, sensationally quit the post a year later.

Toddler Mason Lee.
Toddler Mason Lee.

Mr Newman yesterday accused all judges of being out of touch and said he still believed Tim Carmody should have been allowed to complete his term.

"Nothing I have seen since I left office has allayed my concerns that we have a disconnect between the expectations of the community and those cloistered members of the legal profession,'' he said.

"I was criticised for saying judges lived in ivory towers and nothing I has seen has changed my mind."

The horrific injuries inflicted on Mason Lee.
The horrific injuries inflicted on Mason Lee.

Queensland Law Society deputy president Bill Potts yesterday accused Mr Newman of "reinventing the past".

"I think it's an exercise of futility and indeed reinventing the past for Mr Newman to make such statements," he said.

"If the Crown with to appeal then they may do so through the Court of Appeal. But this kind of 'my chief justice was better than your chief justice' comparison is futile and childish and shouldn't be contemplated."

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said the sentence was inadequate and urged Attorney- General Yvette D'Ath to appeal.

"The fact this man could be on the streets in less than 4 years is unbelievable," she said.

A Government spokesman said Mr Newman's comments were "not worthy of a response".