Rita Holland is looking forward to her tribal punishment.
After spending almost three and a half years in jail, she wants to make amends for the manslaughter she committed against her niece years ago. While extremely intoxicated, Holland sliced her 22 year old niece’s jugular vein. The young woman was pronounced dead during emergency interventions at the hospital, not even three hours after the incident.
According to Holland, what transpired that evening was a terrible accident. Her niece allegedly tossed a bowl of kangaroo meat, which instigated the violent altercation. Holland grabbed the knife in an attempt to scare Ms. Dawson by stabbing the blade in the air. Instead, Holland accidently sliced her niece’s jugular vein. She attributed the accident to the large amounts of marijuana and alcohol that she consumed earlier in the evening.
Punishments for manslaughter in Australia have become increasingly tough. Under the old set of laws, Ms. Holland might have used provocation as a defense, but under the new system provoking an individual to commit manslaughter is no longer a viable justification.
Punishment for manslaughter in Australia varies, depending on the crime committed. Generally, the lengthiest sentence imposed is lifetime imprisonment.
Unlike the traditional legal system in Australia, tribal punishment is varied and can include violence. For instance, in 2012 Augustine Miller received the tribal punishment of being speared in the leg for his involvement in his stepdaughter’s death (Shears, 2012).
Holland quickly confessed to her crime, after being picked up by the police. Officials apprehended her while she was running from an armed mob consisting of Dawson’s family and friends.
The nature of the prescribed tribal punishment for Holland’s crime is not yet known.
Sources:Perth Now. (2013, February 12).
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