Anger over one punch murder sentence

There is outrage over the lenient sentence handed to a man who landed the killer blow that led to the death of a Queensland grandfather.

Ariik Mayot is the first person to be tried under new ‘One Punch Laws’. The now 20-year-old will be eligible for parole in just three years.

He was sentenced in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday after pleading guilty to fatally striking Lindsay Ede, 56, on an Ipswich street.


Mayot has been in custody since the attack in June 2015, but did not have his time already spent behind bars taken into account by Chief Justice Catherine Holmes.

As the victim’s family left court they told reporters the sentence wasn’t enough.

“I think my brother’s life is worth more than that,” Mr Ede’s brother Terry Bishop said.

“At the end of the day it didn’t really matter how much he got… it was never going to be enough, but at least 15 would have been nice, even 10,” he said.

The decision has prompted the Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker to write to Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath, urging her to appeal the “manifestly inadequate” sentence.

“Mayot’s sentence for the one-punch killing of Ipswich man Lindsay Ede is manifestly inadequate and does not meet or reflect community expectations and standards,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

Mr Walker said Mr Ede’s family had “every right to be disappointed and angry at the justice system”.

“The sentence handed down to Mayot makes a mockery of Mr Ede’s tragic killing,” he said.

“It is the role of the judiciary to accurately reflect community standards when handing down sentences and to send a message to people that this type of senseless behaviour is not welcome in our community.

“I would hope Ms D’Ath, being the state’s chief law maker, acts swiftly to reflect these community standards and expectations.”