Lenient sentencing of ‘depraved’ child abuse spurs Peter Dutton to action
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has promised to take action on the lenient sentencing of paedophiles and domestic violence offenders.
Ray Hadley highlighted the case of a paedophile who pled guilty to possessing and distributing the most extreme child abuse material, and received just two years and three months in jail.
Mr Dutton was in disbelief at the sentencing of someone who could enjoy such “depraved acts”, which in some cases are so disturbing judges themselves can barely bring themselves to look at them.
The lenient penalty “doesn’t do justice to [the police’s] work, let alone to the victim”, he said.
“We don’t want judges who are full-time social workers and judges in disguise, trying to resolve these matters and make right because of their childhood wrongs … through their decision making.
“We really need to have a proper review of the way in which these penalties are applied.
“I’m going to start a process at a federal level … there needs to be considerable action.”
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