STATEMENT RE: KAREN BELEJ
Along with the rest of Sunraysia, I was shocked at the lenient sentence handed out to Karen's killer.
It beggars belief that someone can buy an illegal handgun and use it to callously take the life of his partner, yet receive a sentence many would regard as totally inadequate.
Karen's killer can walk free in as little as five years while her family and friends continue to mourn.
Where is the justice in that?
Any act of violence in someone's own home, let alone one with such immense and heartbreaking consequences, cannot be tolerated.
Family violence, and indeed all violent crimes in our community, must come with sentences that reflect the magnitude of their impact and the harm caused to victims and their loved ones.