Will there finally be justice for Janice?
SHADOW Attorney-General Ian Walker will today meet with Janice Keys, a woman who was brutally assaulted last year inside her Rockhampton home.
In November last year, an intruder high on LSD broke in while Janice's family slept and seriously assaulted her while her husband, who suffers from severe Alzheimers, helplessly looked on.
Her attacker was sentenced last month to 15 months probation, which includes regular drug testing, and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.
Last week Janice called on Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at a community forum, urging her to reform the justice system that saw her attacker walk away with a "slap on the wrist".
Ms Palaszczuk offered to wait behind after the event to talk to Ms Keys, but Mr Walker has taken the more direct approach of flying up to meet with Janice himself.
Mr Walker said he was not satisfied with Ms Palaszczuk's response to Janice, or her stance on Queensland's crime problem.
"The first rule of government, and any leader, is to keep communities safe - unfortunately that has not happened under Annastacia Palaszczuk," Mr Walker said.
"This type of incident is not an isolated one, it is happening all across the state, with victims playing second-fiddle to offenders under this Labor Government.
"People are sick to death of the approach taken by Annastacia Palaszczuk with regards to law and order and her inability to keep them safe.
"A future LNP government will ensure the scales of justice are balanced in favour of victims, rather than offenders."
Crime has been on the rise in Rockhampton over the last year and Mr Walker said the current state government was not doing enough to ensure the safety of residents.
"Over the past year, according to QPS data, car theft has increased by 60.9% and unlawful entry by 40.8% across Rockhampton," he said.
"Our comprehensive plan will include better resourcing and better laws to assist the police and courts, and we will ensure people are safe in their own homes.
"Rockhampton residents will be under no illusion as to the LNP's stance on law and order ahead of the next election."