20 Dec '12, 6am

Man jailed for reporter's handbag theft death

Man jailed for reporter's handbag theft death By court reporter Jamelle Wells Updated December 20, 2012 18:31:36 Related Story: Man pleads guilty over journalist's death Map: Sydney 2000 A man who killed a Sydney journalist during a botched bag snatch has been jailed for up to seven-and-a-half years. Wayne Castle pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Jennifer Smith after punching her as she tried to stop him stealing her handbag in Newtown in 1998. Ms Smith was on her way to visit her friend, Whitlams frontman Tim Freedman, when she was attacked. Castle was questioned in 1998 because he was captured on CCTV footage but there was not enough evidence to charge him. He later confessed to an undercover police officer. A murder charge against him was dropped after he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. A post-mortem exam showed he hit Ms Smith so hard her front...

Full article: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-20/man-jailed-for-sydn...

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