Search This Blog

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Case : Regina v Fajka [2004] NSWCCA 166 (26th May 2004)

Mr Fajka had pleaded guilty to an indictment which contained a single count alleging that he had committed the offence of affray in licensed premises at Bradbury. The offence to which he pleaded guilty was contrary to s.93 of the Crimes Act and carried a maximum penalty of 5 years.

The sentencing Judge Maguire DCJ imposed a sentence of imprisonment of 2 years with a non-parole period of 18 months.

Greg Walsh did not appear on the sentence but successfully applied for a bail on behalf of the Applicant pending his appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeal.

In the course of the sentencing of the Applicant, the sentencing Judge made a finding that he was involved in acts, to wit the stealing of a video tape, which seriously aggravated the facts in respect of which he had entered his plea of guilty. It was argued by Greg Walsh that it was impermissible for the trial Judge to have made such a finding and such finding was in breach of the principle in De Simoni v The Queen [1981] 147 CLR 303.

The New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal (Hulme J, Simpson J, Howie J) found that it was impermissible for the sentencing Judge to have made such a finding and the application for Leave to Appeal was granted and the appeal allowed and the sentence imposed by Judge Maguire was quashed and in lieu the Applicant was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you for your considered comment. I will endeavour to respond to you within 24 hours.