Justice for Karen: 9000 signatures to toughen Vic’s laws

Karen Belej’s brothers, Chris and Tim Belej, speak with Opposition leader Matthew Guy and Leader of the Nationals Peter Walsh in Parliament yesterday.

Karen Belej’s brothers, Chris and Tim Belej, speak with Opposition leader Matthew Guy and Leader of the Nationals Peter Walsh in Parliament yesterday.

ABOUT 9000 people have joined the call for tougher sentencing for violent criminals in response to the death of Mildura woman and White Ribbon ambassador Karen Belej.

The Justice for Karen petition was tabled in Parliament yesterday, with Mildura MP Peter Crisp giving a speech in Parliament blasting the sentence handed to Brandon Osborn over her death.

“Since the sentencing of Karen Belej’s killer, and let’s be very clear, that is what he is, we’ve seen an outpouring of support and community outrage at a person’s life being reduced in value to a mere six years,” he said.

The petition called for minimum sentences for violent offenders and called on the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to appeal Osborn’s sentence.

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