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6 months of periodic detention for sexual assault.

By farq - 13 November 2008 21

I’m not one who normally bangs on about the need for harsher sentences, but this one from the ABC forces me to comment:

    “A Canberra man who pleaded guilty to committing an act of indecency on a woman has been sentenced to serve six months of periodic detention.”

    ”Dean James Christie, 41, was arrested in February last year and accused of breaking into the woman’s house and sexually assaulting her.”… “In sentencing, Chief Justice Terence Higgins told Christie his act was criminal, reprehensible and caused great harm to the victim.”

6 months of periodic detention.

– A sentence like that has no deterrence value (not that I subscribe to deterrence).
– In no way protects society by separating him from the rest of us.
– It offers nothing to the victim in the way of retribution or justice (again, not that I agree that it should).

So what purpose does it serve? Why bother at all?

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123qwe 2:21 pm 14 Nov 08

Is there a way of finding out why the charge of sexual assault was not pursued? Is the DPP accountable/transparent, or would privacy concerns override a public explanation?

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