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Sensible Sentencing Trust outraged at infant abuser sentence

Published: Tue 14 Aug 2012 05:10 PM
Sensible Sentencing Trust outraged by sentence given to infant abuser
The Sensible Sentencing Trust has today expressed outrage and called on the Crown to immediately appeal against the disgusting and unjust “sentence” of home detention handed down to a father for repeatedly and deliberately causing grievous bodily harm to his four-month-old daughter.
SST spokesman Garth McVicar today said “We have become used to the judiciary handing down ridiculous sentences, but this one takes the cake in recent memory.
“For a crime that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of seven years, the sentence of a year’s home detention for such serious, repeated violence against a helpless infant by the person who should have been her protector, beggars belief. Even the defendant’s own lawyer argued for a starting point of two year’s imprisonment, while the Crown called for four years.
“We call on the Crown to immediately appeal against this sentence in the interests of not only this infant, but of all infants and children who are put at greater risk by such outrageous sentencing.”
ENDS

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