17 May 2019

Leave for High Court Appeal in Guode granted

The High Court today granted the Director of Public Prosecutions special leave to appeal in the matter of Akon Guode v The Queen [2018] VSCA 205, on the basis that the Court of Appeal, in making its determination as to manifest excess, erred by taking into account as a relevant consideration, the fact that the prosecution had accepted a plea to infanticide with respect to Charge 1 on the indictment.

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

She appealed her sentence of 26 years and six months’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 20 years to the Court of Appeal and was resentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of 14 years.

Following the judgment, the Director filed an application for special leave to appeal to the High Court.

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Anthony Loncaric

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