29 May 2012

Grieving mother presents bail law petition to Parliament

10:10 pm on 29 May 2012

In a tearful speech outside Parliament, the mother of slain teenager Christie Marceau has urged the Government to listen to a petition calling for tougher bail laws, signed by 58,000 people.

Akshay Chand has been charged with killing the 18-year-old while he was on bail last year for charges of kidnapping and assaulting her.

On Tuesday Tracey Marceau and supporters delivered six file boxes filled with signatures to Parliament.

Ms Marceau told those gathered that life would never be the same after losing her daughter, whom she believes would be alive if bail laws were stronger.

The petition calls for legislation to deny violent offenders the right to bail and to hold judges accountable for bailing offenders who go on to commit serious crimes.

National MP Jackie Blue received the petition and told supporters she hoped the Bail Amendment Bill, which goes to select committee in July, will address some of their concerns.

Akshay Chand, 19, is due to go on trial for murder in October this year.