Jail term for killer driver ‘so far below’ standard

The scene of the crash, where Bor Mabil was killed in Andrews Farm in January 2019. Picture: AAP / Brenton Edwards

On Tuesday, prosecutors urged the Court docket of Felony Charm to intervene in the situation of Akol Agiu Akol and quickly boost his prison time period.

Jim Pearce QC claimed retaining Akol behind bars for this sort of a shorter time period of time did very little to stop other individuals receiving behind the wheel even though grossly incapable of driving safely.

The sentence, he claimed, was so very low that it failed to fulfill public procedures of safety and appropriate punishment for a criminal offense.

“Sentences imposed by the courts have to, in just the limitations of justice and fairness, act as a deterrent to other individuals … this sentence fails that goal,” he claimed.

“This sentence is so much beneath what is acceptable that it calls for correction.

“If still left to stand, it will erode the conventional of sentencing for this offence.”

Akol, 20, of Davoren Park, was drunk, unlicensed, rushing and afflicted by MDMA when he crashed Ms Mabil’s vehicle in 2019.

In February, he was jailed for far more than a few years – even so, his 2 ½- yr non-parole time period was backdated to the date of the crash.

As a result, Akol will develop into eligible for launch by the center of 2021, irrespective of the offence carrying a optimum sentence of daily life imprisonment.

In sentencing, Decide Paul Slattery pointed out the state’s courts experienced repeatedly declined to set a sentencing conventional for the offence.

He claimed that meant just about every incident experienced to be punished primarily based on its individual one of a kind instances.

Director of Public Prosecutions Martin Hinton SC appealed towards Akol’s sentence, expressing it was manifestly inadequate when compared with the gravity of his criminal offense.

On Tuesday, Mr Pearce claimed Akol experienced just about every opportunity to stop, sluggish down or even not push in the to start with area, but continued to be reckless – even with four travellers “yelling at him to sluggish down”.

He claimed Akol was well informed of the threat of his steps, acquiring been included in one more crash just months in advance of.

“If there was at any time an alarm bell, that was it,” he claimed.

Justices Kevin Nicholson, Mark Livesey and Chris Bleby will hand down their choice at a afterwards date.