SLAP FOR LENIENT JUDGES
JUDGES are having their lenient sentences thrown out as prosecutors increasingly succeed in appeals for tougher jail terms — including having one sex monster’s prison stint increased by 10 years. A
Herald Sun investigation can reveal the Crown has been successful in appeals against lenient sentences in half of cases it dragged back to court over the past two years. Bikies, terror plotters, killers, big-time drug dealers, childsex monsters and other violent criminals are among those to cop tougher punishments. The Herald Sun can reveal that of 16 appeal cases between July and December last year, 11 saw higher sentences dished out.
In the past financial year, prosecutors appealed 28 cases, winning 16.
Court of Appeal judges scolded their fellow judges for some sentencing decisions.