Sex Offender Sentence Extended By Court Of Appeal

Sex Offender Sentence Extended By Court Of Appeal

Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie

Attorney-General Welcomes Appeal Wins

Victor P Taffa

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie has welcomed two judgments by the Court of Appeal that have increased the sentences for two sex offenders.

Mr. Bleijie appealed both sentences on the grounds they were manifestly inadequate.

“The Government is committed to making Queensland the safest place to raise a family.” Mr. Bleijie said.

 

 

 

 

“Queensland now has some of the strongest laws targeting sex offenders in Australia and I will also always fight for victims if I believe a sentence is inadequate.”

Richard Quincy Williams was originally sentenced to 8 years jail, but was eligible for parole after only three years, for the attack and rape of a jogger on the Gold Coast.

Today the Court of Appeal found “the sentence imposed fails to suitably punish him, deter him and others, and denounce the conduct,” and extended his parole eligibility to four years.

John William Goodwin was also originally sentenced to 8 years jail, but was eligible for parole after only two years and eight months, for a series of “peeping tom” and sexual assault offences.

Today the Court of Appeal found the sentence was “unreasonable and fails to reflect the overall criminality of the respondent’s offending,” and extended his eligibility for parole to four years.