High Court of Australia

DL v The Queen [2018] HCA 32

8 Aug 2018

Case Number: S309/2017


Bell, Keane, Nettle, Gordon, Edelman JJ


Criminal law – Appeal against sentence – Where appellant convicted of murder – Where primary judge found it probable that appellant acting under influence of some psychosis at time of offence – Where primary judge not satisfied appellant possessed intention to kill – Where primary judge's discretion miscarried by giving primary significance to standard non-parole period – Where Court of Criminal Appeal excised power to re-sentence – Where prosecutor conceded there was no issue with primary judge's factual findings – Where Court of Criminal Appeal found primary judge's findings open – Where Court of Criminal Appeal rejected primary judge's finding that appellant had suffered temporary psychosis which precluded forming intention to kill – Where Court of Criminal Appeal took into account evidence of appellant's progress since sentence on the "usual basis" as discussed in Betts v The Queen (2016) 258 CLR 420 – Where Court of Criminal Appeal failed to put appellant on notice of inclination not to act on concession made by prosecution – Whether denial of procedural fairness – Whether miscarriage of justice.

Words and phrases – "circumstance of aggravation", "concession", "miscarriage of justice", "new evidence", "objective seriousness", "procedural fairness", "re-sentencing", "unchallenged factual findings", "usual basis".

Criminal Appeal Act 1912 (NSW) – s 6(3).

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