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​Attorney General's Appeal Succeeds

Issued: Wednesday, 19 March 2014

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The Attorney General Greg Smith SC has been successful in an appeal in the case of R v CMB - an offender who received good behaviour bonds after being convicted of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault against his daughter.

This morning the offender, known only as CMB, was taken into custody after being resentenced to a maximum 5 and a half year sentence, with a non-parole period of three years.

“I personally intervened in this case because I was very disturbed by the sentence which I thought was totally inadequate for a father who repeatedly abused his own daughter.”

“His offences were abhorrent, he badly abused the trust that exists between parents and their children, and for this he will now go to jail where he belongs.”

“This outcome goes some way towards delivering justice for the victim – though she will require a lot of support and counselling and will carry the scars of this with her forever.”

“This government has set up a committee to further investigate what more can be done to bring sentences for child sexual assault into line with community expectations and protect children from sexual abuse.”

“We have already abolished the Cedar Cottage program for sex offenders, under which the offender had originally been spared jail, because it did not meet community expectations.”

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