Change the Coward Punch Laws
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We, the people of Victoria, call on you to review the current sentencing legislation in relation to the Coward Punch law (Sentencing Act 1991 - 9C (3)). This review needs to happen now to avoid yet another death going unpunished to the extent that the law should prescribe.
This law is currently unenforceable as the criteria regarding intent is hard to prove as was shown recently when Andrew Lee, the killer of Pat Cronin, was given an inadequate sentence of 8 years with a minimum non parole period of just 5 years and Richard Vincec, the killer of Jaiden Walker, was given the same lenient sentence. The intention of the Sentencing Act in these type of cases was for a minimum non parole period of 10 years!
We have had enough of the lenient sentences dealt out to perpetrators of this violent crime, which are often fatal leaving the victims family and friends broken both physically and mentally.
The current sentences for this heinous crime do not match the consequences they have on the victims, families, and society as a whole and they serve as no deterrent.
We have an expectation that the justice system should be representing what society feels is appropriate and a very strong message needs to be sent out as the justice system is falling well short of what is expected.
The Coward Punch sentencing legislation needs an urgent review so it can be used to the full effect as it was intended.
Attorney General, we need your action now.
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