Teen jailed for killing woman

Last updated 14:16 17/10/2012

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A boy who fatally stabbed a woman who chased him after he egged her Melbourne house has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years' jail and could be out in three.

The boy was 14 when he stabbed the mother of three in a Melbourne street in July last year.

Earlier the boy had gone with friends to the Lalor home and thrown eggs at it.

The woman, her husband and daughter chased the boys.

The boy stabbed the woman once after she caught up with him and said she had got him, the Victorian Supreme Court was told on Wednesday.

Justice Paul Coghlan jailed the boy, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, for five-and-a-half years with a non-parole period of three.

Justice Coghlan will recommend to the Adult Parole Board that the boy serve his sentence in youth detention.

"This is not only an unjustified killing, it is an entirely senseless one," the judge said.

He said the boy was genuinely remorseful and had acted out of panic.

The boy had suggested egging the house because he felt he had been bullied by the woman's son.

The judge said it was yet another example of the availability of knives to young people being a "blight" on the community.

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