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'No mental impairment' in Tas crash case

AAP logoAAP 3/08/2016 By Andrew Drummond

A psychological report shows there is no mental impairment to be considered in the sentencing of a teenager who has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a pregnant Hobart woman, a prosecutor says.

The now-16-year-old, who cannot be named due to his age, was driving a stolen car on January 22 when he ran a red light and smashed into a hatchback driven by Sarah Paino, 24.

The 32-weeks pregnant woman was killed but her unborn son was delivered minutes later in hospital.

Justice Helen Wood was on Wednesday handed a fresh psychological report about the youth.

"It might explain why he is in the position that he (was)," Tasmanian director of public prosecutions Daryl Coates SC said of the document.

"It might explain the lack of remorse that the crown (prosecutor) has outlined.

"(But) there is no evidence that he suffers from a mental impairment."

Justice Wood said she will consider the report and plans to sentence the boy on Tuesday.

Ms Paino's death captured national attention as it left her two young sons without a mum.

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