Crown should appeal Parkers ‘Non-Sentence’ Minimum

Published: Thu 15 Aug 2013 06:06 PM
For immediate release: 15 August 2013
Crown should appeal Parkers ‘Non-Sentence’ Minimum
The Sensible Sentencing Trust has today expressed its sadness and disbelief that James Parker was only sentenced to a minimum non-parole period of 7 years jail after admitting 74 charges of sexual violation and abuse.
Parker groomed his victims with “calculated methodology” and tore apart a community by preying on young boys; all of whom will be young teens or young adults in 7 years’ time. They will only just be entering into adulthood with all its challenges - along with the emotional aftermath of his crime to contend with.
Sensible Sentencing spokesperson, Ruth Money today said: “Justice Heath had the opportunity to impose a sentence that reflected the public’s outrage and opinion today. 7 years falls painfully short of this. No wonder this country has a child abuse problem when sentences do nothing to deter this depraved behaviour”.
“This is an unprecedented case that called for an unprecedented sentence. Just over 1 month per charge is ridiculous and offensive for all of Parkers victims and society as a whole”
“We would have expected 15-20 years as a reasonable minimum non-parole period – not a 7 year slap on the wrist”
We would encourage the crown to appeal this incredibly lenient non-parole period to ensure that Justice is seen to be served.

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