Penfold sets her bar

Special G 13 August 2008 66

[First filed: March 06, 2008 @ 10:16]

Kenny King, 33, a homeless man with a lengthy criminal history who was jailed for three years in NSW for rape in 1993, was sentenced yesterday [for rape – ED] to two years and 10 months’ jail, with a non-parole period of 20 months. He is due for release in 8 months. Canberra Times story here.

Previous RA story on Penfolds addition to the Supreme Court bench can be found here and here.

The article goes on to say how Kenny is a homeless aboriginal with a troubled upbringing and an alcohol problem – also an extensive history for all sorts of offences including rape in 1993. Poor Kenny he is really a victim of society and it’s not his fault. WTF – is the Supreme Court really that out of touch.

Does the safety of the community come into this sort of thing at any point?

UPDATE: The ABC now reports that the Court of Appeal has found the sentence to be “manifestly inadequate”. It’s been increased to four years with non-parole at two and a half.

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66 Responses to Penfold sets her bar
Thumper Thumper 8:50 am 15 Aug 08

Will an olympic reference be the new Godwin’s law?

moosenator moosenator 8:48 am 15 Aug 08

Ah…Uncle Terry.
I always lick my lips & rub my hands when I draw him for a client

sepi sepi 7:28 pm 14 Aug 08

Well Higgins was one of the judges that actually increased this sentence.

DJ DJ 6:21 pm 14 Aug 08

An olympic reference…. very good!

vg vg 5:51 pm 14 Aug 08

DJ said :

Will this be the wake up call that the Courts need?

Terry the Tippler used to be religiously reversed by higher courts. It hasn’t stopped his idiocy from the bench.

This guy will do it again, as sure as China will top the medal count but throw up 1 sacrificial lamb to fail a drug test

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 5:10 pm 14 Aug 08

There is a comment above (possibly hiding depending on moderator availabiltiy), but if you insert the words “inadequate sentence” before the third link it makes more sense.

I went over my link per post quota. 🙁

DJ DJ 5:09 pm 14 Aug 08

Will this be the wake up call that the Courts need?

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 5:07 pm 14 Aug 08

Google (internationally) for Justice Penfold, and you get a very laidback picture of judicial sentencing.

Google (internationally) for the phrase manifestly inadequate, and the first word is Penfold.

Google (Australian searching) for inadequate sentence, and four of the first five hits are ACT reports, but a mix of Higgins and Penfold.

Lets all hide under our desks and hope criminals don’t know how to use Google, and maybe things will work out on their own?

sepi sepi 4:11 pm 14 Aug 08

HE is another one that really needs the nuthouse by the sound of things.

I mean they mitigate his sentence cos he is of limited cognitive ability (due to drinking himself senseless every single day). But he still committed the crime, and is probably more likely to do it again if he can’t even fully understand why he shouldn’t have done it.

Bring back the asylums I say.

Thumper Thumper 4:04 pm 14 Aug 08

It’s just bizarre.

And he’s a repeat offender as well.

One could almost guarantee that he’ll offend again.

RuffnReady RuffnReady 3:56 pm 14 Aug 08

How in hell does a repeat-rapist not go down for 25-to-life? Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. He’ll be out in 2 1/2 yrs after ruining some poor woman’s life, and that is pathetic.

Ggreg Ggreg 2:23 pm 14 Aug 08

Anyone who forms an opinion on anything – based on a report in the CT – is taking a big risk.

Thumper Thumper 10:50 am 14 Aug 08

I still can’t get the image of that small creature in Danger Mouse out of my mind.

Roadrage77 Roadrage77 10:24 am 14 Aug 08

8 months??!!!!


Next time Penfold should just spit in the face of the victim.

Hopefully when (not if) Kenny breaks next into someone’s home (I’m estimating in 8 months and 1 day) to satisfy his horny urgings, someone will bludgeon him relentlessly with a blunt object until he is no longer wasting our precious oxygen.

Pandy Pandy 9:22 am 14 Aug 08

Castrate rapists.

mdme workalot mdme workalot 9:02 am 14 Aug 08

Just wanted to highlight a quotation from the original Canberra Times article:

‘He pleaded guilty in October to the charge of having sexual intercourse and being reckless as to whether there was consent, and to one count of trespassing.’

I think it is worth noting that he was not charged or convicted of rape (which I personally think is abhorrent – he never asked nor had a reasonable expectation that consent was given).

Glad to see the Court of Appeal increased the sentence.

PBO PBO 4:40 pm 13 Aug 08

seriously WTF? It has just given validity to the entry on belconnen in:

Thumper Thumper 7:39 pm 26 Mar 08

Is that ‘glad’ or ‘galled’?

Anyway, the DPP appealed the leniency of the sentence today.

Headbonius Headbonius 6:44 pm 26 Mar 08

Shauno, I’m gald that Mael was talking about rockets because you are on the right posting sport – you are a true rocket scientist.

Headbonius Headbonius 6:42 pm 26 Mar 08

The * was to annoy you Mael **************************************

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