15-year-old remanded in custody over fatal crash

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Lawyers are compiling more information which they say could resolve a manslaughter case against a teenager charged over the death of a pregnant Hobart woman. The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, made a brief first appearance in Tasmania’s Supreme Court on Monday by video link from a juvenile remand centre.

He spoke only to confirm his name before a prosecutor proposed the matter be adjourned until May 9.

‘By that time we will be able to get some material to (the defence) and indicate whether it can be resolved,’ the prosecutor said.

The 15-year-old was charged after a January 22 crash in central Hobart which killed Sarah Paino, 24, who was pregnant with her second child. Her young son was a backseat passenger in the car she was driving at the time of the crash.

A short time later at hospital, staff delivered her unborn son. Chief Justice Alan Blow remanded the youth in custody until his next appearance.

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