The Canberra Times is reporting that the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions will appeal against the sentence given to a repeat sex-offender who broke into an O’Connor woman’s home and raped her while she slept, on the grounds it was “manifestly inadequate”.
In the ACT Supreme Court earlier this month, Justice Hilary Penfold sentenced Kenny King, 33, to a minimum of 20 months’ jail, and a maximum of two years and 10 months. Taking into account time already spent in custody, King will be eligible for parole in January.
King had previously been jailed for three years for a sexual assault committed in Lismore, northern NSW, in 1993, when he was 19 and also had a lengthy criminal history including previous prison sentences for assaults, thefts and traffic-related offences.
The court heard King had lived in “unsettled and abusive” households since his mother had died when he was aged three, and he had left home aged 12. He had never gone to school and drank to “extreme intoxication” most days, sometimes up to 100 drinks a day.
Justice Penfold described King’s childhood as “extraordinarily sad” and said, “Imposing a term of imprisonment is not easy, and it is particularly difficult when an offender has had such a tragic life as Mr King.”