The 17-year-old accused of killing a pregnant couple will now be hit with eight extra offences, but won’t be charged with the murder of the couple’s unborn baby son.
Kate Leadbetter, 31, Matt Field, 37, and their unborn son Miles were fatally struck by an out-of-control car in Alexandra Hills on January 26.
The teen accused of driving the car was initially charged with two counts of murder and burglary and one count each of dangerous operation of a vehicle, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and attempted unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
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Today, police have laid another eight offences, but they don’t include a murder count for the death of Miles.
Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd confirmed that legal advice found that Killing an Unborn Child under the provisions of the Criminal Code is not available in this case.
“The death of unborn baby Miles will be presented as an aggravating element of the murder charge relating to death of his mother Kate.
“This advice has been provided to the families and we will continue to support and engage with them throughout our investigation and subsequent court proceedings.
“It was a privilege to be invited along with Commissioner Carroll and a number of my first responder colleagues to join family, friends and community members, to the funeral and celebration of the lives of Matt, Kate and baby Miles yesterday.
“The strength and dignity of the families is an example to all of us at this enormously difficult time.
“While the family and we as a community grieve, the investigative team continues the work of painstakingly and tirelessly building the brief of evidence for consideration of the courts in due course,” Assistant Commissioner Codd said.
The boy has onw also been charged with a further two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle (whilst adversely affected by an intoxicating substance), two counts of failure to fulfil duties at the scene of a traffic crash and one count each of wilful damage, driving whilst disqualified and possessing tainted property.
He’s due to appear in Brisbane Children’s Court on February 15.