QC calls for big change to sentencing in SA

Jun 19, 2017

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Former state Director of Public Prosecutions Stephen Pallaras has called on the Attorney-General to change the way criminal sentences are decided in SA so as to avoid “nonsense results”.

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Following the outcry over the sentence given to the driver who killed Adelaide mum Nicole Tucker, Mr Pallaras is calling for a multiplier effect to be used in calculating sentences.

“I think that’s the challenge that faces the Attorney-General. He has to factor it in,” Mr Pallaras said.

He said public murmurings were becoming “shouts of protest”.

“We as lawyers, and our leaders as politicians, have to take notice… because the legal system is meant to serve the public.

“And if the public is constantly dissatisfied… then something has to change.”

He said the sentence given to Mrs Tucker’s killer was “nonsense”.

“We have a philosophy of treating minors in a radically different way than how we would treat an adult.”

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