04 July 2018

DPP appeals sentences for sexual offences

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Kerri Judd QC, has lodged an appeal in the Court of Appeal against sentences for sexual offences following an attack on a young female visitor to Melbourne.

Jamie Evan MacArthur pleaded guilty to rape, two charges of attempted rape, theft and 18 charges of common assault when he appeared at the County Court in March 2018.

On 1 June 2018 he was sentenced to a total effective sentence of seven years and nine months’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of five years’ imprisonment.

The offender assaulted a number of people, mainly young women, at Melbourne Central shopping complex on 15 March 2017. He was arrested later that day and bailed on a charge of being drunk in a public place.

In the early hours of 16 March 2017, MacArthur encountered a young woman, who was a visitor to Melbourne, at a tram stop in Bourke Street. She tried to gain assistance from others, firstly in the tram and later at St Vincent’s Private Hospital.

The offender followed her from the tram, pulled her to the ground, held her in a headlock, kicked and sexually assaulted her.

The DPP submits 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.

For further information contact:

Anthony Loncaric
9603 2603