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Queensland announces new measures to fight youth crime after alleged murder of Emma Lovell

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Offenders who boast of their crimes on social media will face harsher penalties and the maximum jail sentence for car stealing will increase under reforms aimed at addressing youth crime in Queensland.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the measures as part of 10-point reform plan, after the alleged murder of North Lakes mum Emma Lovell by two teenagers on Boxing Day.

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The plan also includes building two new youth detention centres and the trial of vehicle immobilisers in Cairns and Townsville.

The Youth Justice Act will be amended for judges and magistrates to be required to take into account bail and criminal history while sentencing youth offenders.

The maximum jail sentence for stealing a car will increase from seven to 10 years.

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If the offence is aggravated by being committed at night, while armed, while in company, with violence or while damaging property, the maximum sentence will increase to 14 years.

“These are tough measures and they will be put in place,” said Palaszczuk.

“Community safety has to come first here … A lot of people aren’t going to like some of these announcements.”

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Source: 7News