14 September 2018

DPP applies to High Court for special leave to appeal decision

The Director of Public Prosecutions has applied to the High Court for special leave to appeal against a Court of Appeal decision in the matter of Akon Guode v The Queen [2018] VSCA 205.

Guode pleaded guilty in January 2017 to one charge of infanticide, two charges of murder and one charge of attempted murder after driving a car containing four of her children into a lake.

Guode was sentenced in the Supreme Court to 26 years and six months’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 20 years.

On appealing the sentence, the Court of Appeal on 16 August 2018 re-sentenced Guode to 18 years’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of 14 years.

Yesterday, the DPP Kerri Judd QC filed an application with the High Court for special leave to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal.

For further information contact:

Anthony Loncaric

03 9603 2603