- random, unprovoked, and vicious crime by a repeat offender
- low sentence which does not provide enough time for rehabilitation
- high probability of reoffending - danger to the wider community
- sets negative precedent to other potential offenders who might believe that such horrific crime can result in a minimum punishment
The sentence given to Mr Bryan was as follows: six years imprisonment, with a non-parole period of three and a half years. He has already served 574 days in pre-sentence detention meaning that he can potentially be back on the streets in less than 2 years time. David Bryan is a repeat offender who had previously served a 6-year sentence for stabbing an innocent passerby in Brisbane, and as such, it is difficult to grasp the reasoning behind such a lenient sentence. We fear that it would be impossible for Bryan to fully rehabilitate in such a short period of time. Brian might, and most likely will, re-offend again ... Moreover, such lenient sentencing sets a negative precedent to other potential offenders who might believe that vicious, unprovoked, and fatal crimes can result in a minimum punishment. The maximum penalty for manslaughter is 20 years imprisonment.