From CanWest News Service via the National Post (One day jail enough for youth who beat man to death: SCOC by Jim Brown, June 22):
OTTAWA -- The Supreme Court of Canada, in a judgment sure to spark controversy, has refused to boost a sentence of one day in jail for a Winnipeg teenager who beat a man to death with a billiard ball wrapped in a sock.
In a 7-0 ruling Thursday, the court said the Youth Criminal Justice Act, as currently written, doesn't allow for increasing a sentence just to send a get-tough message to the public.
Reaction from the Conservative government was swift, but was aimed at the previous Liberal administration rather than the judiciary.
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The case arose from a 2001 incident in which an aboriginal youth, who was 15 at the time and cannot be identified, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Chya Saleh, a 22-year-old Kurdish refugee from Iraq.
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