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Crash sentence must allow rehab: judge

AAP logoAAP 9/08/2016

A teenager who ran a red light at high speed in a stolen car, killing a pregnant Hobart woman, has had a troubled childhood and must be given the chance to reform, a supreme court judge says.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, was on Tuesday sentenced to serve five years in custody after pleading guilty to manslaughter but may be eligible for release after half that time.

Sarah Paino, 24, was killed instantly in January when her hatchback was T-boned by the speeding car.

Her baby was delivered alive in hospital minutes later, while her her two-year-old son in the back seat was not injured.

Crash sentence must allow rehab © AAP/TURNBULL FAMILY FUNERALS Crash sentence must allow rehab "The court's role is not only to punish, but to allow an opportunity for reform," Justice Helen Wood said during sentencing on Tuesday.

"If the sentence does not provide this opportunity it is not a just sentence."

She noted the boy had learning difficulties and a diagnosis of ADHD.

Since he was 12 he has used alcohol and cannabis and in more recent times the illegal drug ice, but was not under the influence at the time of the crash, the court was told.

The boy was sentenced under adult law and the judge described it as a "heavy penalty".

He was also disqualified from driving for five years after being released from prison.

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