THE man who killed Brisbane teenager Cole Miller in a shocking unprovoked one-punch attack has had his jail sentence increased on appeal.
New Zealand national Armstrong Renata was sentenced to seven years jail last year after pleading guilty to unlawful striking causing the death of the 18-year-old water polo star in the Fortitude Valley nightclub district in January 2016.
On 10 November 2017, Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath filed a notice of appeal against the sentence.
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The Court of Appeal today handed down their decision, with Justice Robert Gotterson confirming that Renata’s sentence will be increased from seven years imprisonment to nine years and six months behind bars.
“Further order that the respondent must not be released from imprisonment until he has served 80 per cent of this term,” the Court of Appeal said.
In their reasoning, the court agreed that the original sentence was “manifestly inadequate”.
“The respondent delivered a very forceful blow to the deceased’s jaw with a clenched fist. The blow was entirely unprovoked,” the published details say.
“The deceased had his arms by his side. He had said nothing to the respondent or his associates.
“Moreover, the blow was delivered from out of the deceased’s sight. The deceased had no opportunity to defend himself.
“It is no understatement to say that this is a chilling example of the cowardly, vicious conduct that s 314A was intended to address.”
Acting Attorney-General Stirling Hinchliffe has since released a statement welcoming the decision.
“I welcome the Court of Appeal’s decision to increase the sentence for Cole Miller’s killer,” Mr Hinchcliffe said.
“Cole’s life was tragically cut short and I know his death was felt by Queenslanders everywhere.
“I am pleased the Court recognised Cole’s killer deserved a tougher sentence to reflect his cowardly and vicious act.”
Court of Appeal allows appeal brought by Attorney-General @YvetteDAth against sentence of Armstrong Renata, increases it to 9 1/2 years for one punch attack of Cole Miller in 2016, read here: https://t.co/w45AJFKnPL @SupremeCourtQLD
— Supreme Court of Queensland (@SupremeCourtQLD) December 18, 2018
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