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".