Shawn spends Christmas in juvenile centre

GRAFTON teenager Shawn Clasohm, sentenced on December 16 to three-years' jail for dangerous driving occasioning death, will serve his sentence at South Grafton's Acmena Juvenile Justice Centre.

Hastened ministerial approval ensured Clasohm was removed from his isolation cell at Grafton jail and placed in Acmena on Christmas Eve, just over a week after he was sentenced in Grafton District Court.

Although 18 years old at the time of the accident which claimed the life of his friend Danny Killmore, Clasohm's sentencing to an adult prison was seen as unnecessary and too severe by some in the community.

His mother Christine Clasohm is grateful for her son's speedy transferral from Grafton jail.

"We're very thankful to the Minister for Juvenile Justice, Diane Beamer, and her fellow ministers for acting so promptly," she said.

"I've been to see him quite frequently and he's adjusting to the whole idea of incarceration."

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