Mason Lee
Mason Lee

No one fought for Mason Lee justice

IN DEATH, as in his short life, little Mason Lee was once again alone as the wheels of justice quietly turned in the Brisbane Supreme Court yesterday.

There was no one in court to attest to the toddler's adorable smile or sweet personality, no one to shed a tear for him, no one to demand justice and no one to speak of what the world had lost when his life was so callously extinguished by those who were meant to protect him.

His mother, Anne Maree Lee spent much of the day-long hearing audibly crying, sobbing and taking deep breaths when the prosecutor would emphasise just how ­horrific her son's death had been and just how little she had done to stop it. Little Mason had cried too. But no one cared. Not even his mum.

Mason Lee died a horrific death.
Mason Lee died a horrific death.

 

Security camera audio recordings from his stepfather William O'Sullivan's home in the days before Mason's death are the stuff of nightmares.

The sound of a distressed baby, crying and screaming in pain, the awful noise of him vomiting as his organs slowly shut down, and worst of all, his stepfather cruelly screaming at the dying toddler to shut up.

Ann-Marie Lee, mother of toddler dead toddler Mason Lee.
Ann-Marie Lee, mother of toddler dead toddler Mason Lee.

Little Mason lived a life of "neglect, pain and misery" and days after his stepfather punched him so hard his intestines ruptured, he died alone on the floor of O'Sullivan's bedroom, wrapped in a towel and covered in his own vomit.

If he had lived, Mason would have started kindy this year. But the callous failure of his mother and stepfather to even pick up a phone to call for help mean the little boy will never reach another milestone.

He will never start school, never learn to swim, never get his first job or learn to drive.

Shockingly, his mum, who turns 30 this year, could walk free by July 19, just 28 days before what should have been Mason's fifth birthday.

 

O'Sullivan will be eligible for parole on July 29, 2022, meaning he could be free two weeks before Mason's eighth birthday.

It's a frightening reality of our justice system when it takes longer to raise a child to adulthood than it does to serve the prison sentence for killing them.



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