The ACT Supreme Court has been called on to sentence a people smuggler, one Toni Kaubulan.
A suspended sentence and a good behaviour order with the threat of a $500 fine will no doubt have the folks back in Java talking.
For the offence of bringing to Australia unlawful non-citizens knowing they were unlawful non-citizens, you are sentenced to 1 year and 9 months of imprisonment which will commence from 12 June 2012. In coming to that sentence I have given you a 10% discount on the sentence I would otherwise have imposed, which would have been approximately 24 months of imprisonment. You are to be released forthwith on entering into a recognisance release order in the self-sum of $500 whereby the remainder of the sentence is suspended upon you agreeing to be of good behaviour for a period of two years from today. That does not mean you need to come up with $500, but if you break the order you will have to pay that money. Now Mr Kaubulan, I want you to make sure you tell all the people you come across in Indonesia do not get involved in people smuggling.
Mr Kaubulan may be taken to enter into those arrangements and I understand he will be taken then into Immigration custody. Deportation will shortly thereafter be arranged.