A two month suspended jail term handed to a Gold Coast woman who attacked an elderly bus passenger is “inadequate”, Queensland’s attorney-general says.
Queensland’s attorney-general will appeal the two month suspended jail sentence handed to a Gold Coast woman who attacked an elderly, vision impaired bus passenger.
Larna Watmough, 21, and her co-accused were labelled as “louts” and “idiots” by a magistrate last month after pleading guilty to seriously assaulting a person over 60.
The two stirred national outrage in February when footage went viral of the attack on 77-year-old Paul Buttigieg on a bus in the Gold Coast suburb of Kirra.
Watmough was given a two-month prison sentence, wholly suspended for 18 months, for the assault and ordered to pay $500 in compensation.
She was heckled outside her sentencing hearing at Southport Magistrates Court.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie will appeal the sentence on the grounds it is “manifestly inadequate”.
The Director of Public Prosecutions will act on his behalf in the District Court.