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Sentence Allows No Time to Grieve

Sentence Allows No Time to Grieve

The Red Raincoat Trust believes the sentence handed down today to Tristim Eastham for the manslaughter of Sean Strongman-Lintern in September 2012 allows no time for the family to grieve for their loss. “Tristim will be eligible for parole after 2 years and 11 months” says Debbie Marlow spokesperson for the Red Raincoat Trust. “Sean’s family will have only just got through the court system and then they will have to start thinking about preparing for a Parole hearing, words cannot express how heart breaking this must be for the family”.

Red Raincoat Trust is a non-government funded organisation whom assists and supports families of homicide victims. Their volunteer Victim Advisors work with and adapt to a homicide families changing needs throughout the judicial process and beyond. Red Raincoat also offers a support network of families from similar circumstances.

“A family lost a son suddenly and unexpectedly, they will need time to grieve for him after the court process. They need to be able to establish a new normal in their shattered lives. Unfortunately, we believe that this sentence does not offer this opportunity to do this. Our thoughts are with the family.”


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