Prosecutor appeals driver’s sentence

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WESTERN Australia’s Director of Public Prosecutions is appealing a five-and-a-half year jail term handed to a career criminal who killed a boy, 5, in a stolen car crash.

The father of the five-year-old boy, Edwin Tjandra, has welcomed an appeal against the perpetrator’s sentence, saying it was “far too lenient”.

Matthew David Molloy, 36, was recently sentenced to a minimum jail term of five-and-a-half years over the crash on December 29 last year.

Edwin Tjandra, the father of Leonardus Tjandra, speaks to the media outside the District Court of WA in Perth, Tuesday, September 17, 2019. Picture: AAP/Rebecca Le May.

The crash killed five-year-old Leonardus Tjandra and seriously injured six members of his family, including his six-year-old brother Franciscus.

After WA’s DPP confirmed an appeal had been lodged, Mr Tjandra told 6PR radio he was shocked by the sentence and Molloy should have got “at least one year for each page” of his 41-page criminal record.