22 May 2015

Sentenced increased for stabbing offence

A man who stabbed his friend 27 times and left him in a critical condition has had his sentence increased to six years' imprisonment by the Court of Appeal.

Jonathan Kemp was initially sentenced to two years' imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 15 months, with a further 18 month Community Correction Order to be served on his release from prison.

Kemp had pleaded guilty to intentionally causing serious injury (ICSI)  for stabbing a male friend in his own home in August 2013.

Director of Public Prosecutions John Champion S.C. appealed the sentence and it was submitted on his behalf that the maximum penalty for ICSI was 20 years' imprisonment; and that the victim was stabbed 27 times without cause in his own home, leaving him in a critical condition.

The Court of Appeal, sitting in Wangaratta, re-sentenced Kemp to six years' imprisonment, with a non-parole period of three years and six months.

The Court of Appeal ruled that "given the seriousness of the offending in this case, it is our conclusion that nothing short of a sentence wholly comprised of an immediate term of imprisonment will suffice to satisfy the requirements of just punishment".

Read the Court of Appeal judgment here.

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Lisa Walker

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