27 June 2018

DPP appeals against two rape sentences

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Kerri Judd QC, has lodged appeals with the Court of Appeal against two sentences for rape, on the grounds that they are manifestly inadequate.

Thwang Za Lian was sentenced to eight years six months’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of six years, and Kapling Thang Hlawnceu was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of five years in the County Court on 24 May 2018.

Both men pleaded guilty to a single count of rape. The victim was a stranger to them. She was attacked under the Werribee Bicentennial Bridge, where she was living in August 2017.

The DPP submits that the sentencing judge failed to give sufficient weight to the gravity of the offending; the impact on the victim; protection of the community; deterrence and the maximum penalty for rape.

For further information contact:

Anthony Loncaric

03 9603 2603