Sentence for rapist and blackmailer ‘too lenient’
A CHOCOLATE FruChoc is a FruChoc is a FruChoc, right?
The apricot-centred milk chocolate is a legendary favourite with South Australians.
Indeed, it is heritage listed by the National Trust.
But the company behind the product has been busy developing new flavours of the confectionery, such as strawberry, white or dark chocolate and even a vegan version, to attract new customers.
Strawberry FruChocs were launched in July and Robern Menz marketing manager Polly Love said they had been THE suspended sentence handed to a rapist who twice abused a 14-year-old girl after blackmailing her is too lenient, prosecutors will argue.
The Director of Public Prosecutions confirmed this week they have launched a Supreme Court appeal against the sentence of the 21-year-old man in the state’s South-East.
The man pleaded guilty to possessing and disseminating child exploitation material as “fantastically” popular. The new vegan-friendly FruChocs are a real find for people on plant-only diets – at a lower cost than many vegan specialities. “Vegan treats are typically three-four times the price of ordinary treats,” Ms Love said.
“So (dark chocolate) vegan well as two counts of rape against his 14-year-old victim who he met over Snapchat.
However District Court Judge Gordon Barrett decided to suspend the three year, six month sentence, citing the man’s borderline intellectual disability and clean criminal record as reasons to spare him prison. But the Director of Public Prosecution reviewed the sentencing remarks and decided to appeal.
The man convinced his female victim to send him naked photographs in early 2017. FruChocs are very welcome addition to vegan diets.”
Robern Menz is a fourthgeneration family-owned business with more than 150 years of tradition. It is one of the country’s largest Australianowned confectionery businesses – producing more than 100
He then started blackmailing her, saying she had to make a deal with him or he would send the photos to her family.
In January 2017, he sent two of the photos to the victim’s older sister in an attempt to blackmail the older sibling into having sex with him.
When that failed, he sent threatening messages to his 14year-old victim before coercing her into his car.
He drove to the outskirts of a town, near a cemetery, and forced her to have sex with him.
“Whenever she told you products including Crown Mints, Choc Honeycomb and JeliChocs. It exports to countries including USA, Canada, Japan and South Korea.
The addition of Violet Crumble to their manufacturing will create 30 new jobs in Adelaide and increase factory that she did not want to do something sexual with you, you reminded her of the photographs that you had,” Judge Barrett said.
“The girl was too frightened to tell anyone about what you were doing.”
The man blackmailed her into having sex with him again on another occasion.
When the offending came to light and he was arrested, the man lied to police by claiming not to know the victim.
However, he eventually entered a guilty plea in the Mount production by 37 per cent. Ms Love said the company enjoyed hearing from customers and inspired by their ideas. “We love consumer feedback and are always on the lookout for new flavours,” she said.
At the FruChocs factory shop in Glynde, staff enjoy hearing from customers and are first to notice new trends.
Belinda McNamara said: “I am loving the new strawberry flavoured FruChocs. They are my new favourite.”
For Kiri Karigianis, it’s all about eating well. “I was so happy when they started making … vegan-friendly FruChocs.” Gambier Magistrates Court. Judge Barrett said he had “some hesitation” in suspending the sentence.
“There remains the difficult question of suspension,” Judge Barrett said. “Ordinarily it would be quite unthinkable to suspend the sentence of someone who had pleaded guilty to two counts of rape of a 14-yearold girl and effectively blackmailed her with photographs in the way you did.”
The Supreme Court will hear the application to appeal the sentence next week.