High Court of Australia

Muldrock v The Queen [2011] HCA 39

244 CLR 120

5 Oct 2011

Case Number: S121/2011


French CJ, Gummow, Hayne, Heydon, Crennan, Kiefel, Bell JJ


Criminal law – Sentencing - Mentally retarded appellant pleaded guilty to offence of sexual intercourse with a child under 10 years - Appellant sentenced to nine years' imprisonment and non-parole period of 96 days - Standard non- parole period for offence 15 years - Relevance of statutory provision of a standard non-parole period in sentencing of offenders - Whether "two-stage approach" to sentencing of offenders for offences with standard non-parole periods required or permitted - Whether R v Way (2004) 60 NSWLR 168 correctly decided with respect to operation of standard non-parole periods.

Criminal law – Sentencing - Offender suffering mental retardation - Relevance of mental retardation - Relevance of availability of rehabilitative treatment.

Criminal law – Sentencing - Community protection - Relevance of availability of orders under Crimes (Serious Sex Offenders) Act 2006 (NSW).

Words and phrases – "objective seriousness", "standard non-parole period".

Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW) – ss 21A, 54A(2), 54B.


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