Molester gets a break

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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 06:31 am

Australia, land of the caring court, brings you another example of judgely kindness:

A Samoan man who molested a young girl has been jailed for less than a year to protect him from the risk of deportation.

The 35-year-old Brisbane-based man, who cannot be named to protect the victim’s identity, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court today to two counts of indecent dealing with a child under 12 …

The man, a father of four himself, is on a permanent residency visa and if jailed for more than a year could have been deported.

To spare him this prospect, Judge Ian Wylie sentenced the man to 11 months and three weeks in jail, suspended after three months.

Judge Wylie has a history of interesting rulings. Meanwhile, in a less-generous court, Schapelle Corby’s original 20-year sentence—cut to 15 years on appeal—has been reinstated. And her half-brother today turned up in a Queensland court on drug charges.

UPDATE. Melville Cooke on crazy justice in Jamaica:

First, there is this bellowing of the name. The clerk of court speaks normally enough, ‘Mark Clemens’. Then the police person marshalling the line amplifies MARK CLEMENS! Hard on that comes the gut bellow of the police personnel by the door, MAARK CLEMMENS!!!. This is taken up by a third police person, MAAAAARKKKK CLEMMMMENNS!!!!!, then, finally, by a fourth, MAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRKKKKK CLLLEEEMMMENSSSS!!!!!, all in the space of about eight seconds.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/19/2006 at 06:28 AM
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