09 April 2019

DPP appeal leads to increased sentence for sexual offences

The sentence imposed on a man for committing sexual offences following an attack on a young female visitor to Melbourne, has been increased following an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Jamie Evan MacArthur pleaded guilty in the County Court to one charge of rape, two charges of attempted rape, one charge of theft and 18 charges of common assault. He was sentenced to seven years and nine months’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of five years imprisonment.

DPP Kerri Judd QC appealed against the sentence on the basis that the sentences imposed on the individual charges of rape and attempted rape, and the total effective sentence, failed to give sufficient weight to the gravity of the offending, impact on the victim, protection of the community, just punishment, denunciation, general and specific deterrence and the maximum penalties.

The Court of Appeal yesterday allowed the Director’s appeal and resentenced MacArthur to nine years and nine months’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of six years and four months.

In its judgment, the Court said that the sentences imposed failed to have regard to what had recently been said by the Court of Appeal in relation to the need for higher sentences for digital rape.

Read the judgment here

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