Matthew Field’s family urges reform of Queensland’s juvenile justice law

Video footage captured a police chase of three teenagers aged 13 to 16 in an allegedly stolen car, while a police helicopter followed them from above.

The three teenagers were seen walking through the Gold Coastpresumably collided with the police car in Biggera Waters.

9News learned that one of the teens was out on bail for similar offences.

The trio faced a juvenile court today.

It is the latest in a string of incidents involving alleged juvenile offenders. The families of Matthew Field and Kate Leadbetter are calling on the state government to tighten juvenile justice laws.

The now 18-year-old was sentenced to ten years in prison under current juvenile justice laws, but could be back in the community in six years.

A Brisbane court has found the teen guilty of manslaughter for hitting the prospective couple while running a red light, drunk and under the influence of drugs in a stolen vehicle.

The maximum sentence for juvenile offenders is currently 10 years, unless a judge declares a crime particularly heinous.

“My message to the Prime Minister is to be a leader,” Field said.

“This is an opportunity for the Prime Minister to stand up and say that I am going to protect the state from juvenile offenders.”

Anne and Russell Field said they will not express their views until changes are made to hold young criminals to account.

Kate Leadbetter’s parents have not spoken publicly, but the Fields say both families share their desire for change.

“If the law says someone who commits these kinds of offenses gets six years, change the law,” Mr. Field said.

Queensland Attorney General Shannon Fentiman said the Palaszczuk government had already made changes to the juvenile justice laws.

“If a young person commits a serious crime, it’s assumed he won’t get bail, and I can tell you that works,” Fentiman said.

“More young people are incarcerated.”