A Queensland police officer has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his baby son.
Senior Constable Colin David Randall, 39, was initially charged with murder in February 2016, 18 months after his two-month-old son died from significant injuries.
He was due to face a murder trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court but pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Friday morning. He is due to be sentenced on Tuesday.
During a brief hearing after Randall’s plea, crown prosecutor Phil McCarthy said the sentence handed to child killer Heidi Strbak should be considered as a comparable case.
Strbak was last year handed a nine-year jail sentence for the manslaughter of her four-year-old son Tyrell Cobb, but she’ll be eligible for parole in four years, in October 2021.
Strbak is appealing her sentence. It’s yet to be heard.
In January this year, Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath defended the Queensland government’s decision not to appeal for a tougher jail term for Strbak.
Ms D’Ath said the decision was based on advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions, who reviewed the sentence.
But Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington accused the government of failing to listen to community outrage over the sentence.