An Adelaide law student who killed his demanding mother has asked a judge to set him free so he can fulfil the high expectations and dreams she held for him.
“It may seem somewhat trite, but in effect Mrs Emma Mae Tian has actually died to get the future that she wants for her son,” Michael Hegarty – the lawyer acting for her 22-year-old son, Wei Li – told the Supreme Court today, the ABC reports.
“The death of Emma Mae Tian becomes somewhat senseless, and her efforts pointless, if Mr Li is punished continually and prevented from doing the very things that she wanted him to do that led to her death.”
A jury this week found Li – who admitted to killing his 41-year-old mother at the family home in 2011, but said he was not guilty of murder because he was acting in self-defence – guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.
During the pre-sentence hearing, Mr Hegarty argued his client should receive a suspended sentence, so he could be released from jail and pursue the bright future his mother had desperately wanted for him.
“The role that his mother played in her death is a significant feature… this is one of those cases where a suspended sentence could be considered,” he said, News Limited reports.
“He’s had to come to terms with the one person who has supported him in his life, who gave him the future he wants, the future he is striving for, being dead,” he told the court.
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