Bedlam inside and outside Sydney court as man sentenced over stabbing death

Violence broke out in a Sydney courtroom after a man who stabbed a 16-year-old boy to death was jailed for a minimum of four years.

Screams reverberated through the NSW Supreme Court today, after Jay William Cook was sentenced for the 2010 manslaughter of 16-year-old Todd Burrows.

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Violence broke out between supporters of Todd Burrows and Jay William Cook at St James Court in Sydney after Cook was sentenced for the stabbing of a teenager.

An object was thrown at Cook as he stood to be sentenced and Todd's mother, Christine Burrows, repeatedly screamed as Justice Peter Garling sentenced the 20-year-old to a minimum four years' imprisonment.

Taking into account time already served, Cook will be eligible for parole in October 2014.

Justice Garling suspended proceedings and the courtroom was cleared before Cook could be formally sentenced.

Cook had pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of the year 11 student, who died from a stab wound to his chest after a fight broke out between two opposing groups of graffiti gangs at St Andrews in Sydney's southwest.


While noting the seriousness of the crime, Justice Garling said Cook was only 18 at the time of the incident and his actions had "all the hallmarks of an immature teenager".

"He is a relatively young man. He was of reasonably good character. He is intelligent and his prospects of rehabilitation are good," Justice Garling said.

Fights erupted outside the court between young men from the opposing sides, while the Burrows family held each other and sobbed.

"He got four years," Ms Burrows told reporters. "Mums, that's what your kids are worth to those arseholes. Four years."