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DPP wants to increase paedophile's jail term

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is trying to increase a jail sentence for a convicted paedophile who preyed on five children for more than a decade.
Glen Campbell, 47, was convicted over repeated abuse of two girls and three boys from the late 1980s to the early 2000s.
He was charged with 13 offences, including nine of unlawful sexual intercourse, one of procuring an act of gross indecency and three of persistent sexual exploitation of a child.
Campbell pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse, at the start of his trial, and subsequently was convicted of the rest of his charges by a judge.
He was sentenced back in May by the Adelaide District Court to 13 years in jail with a non-parole term of six-and-a-half years.
Prosecutor Caroline Mealor told the court it was a rare case where the DPP saw fit to appeal against the sentence because it did not reflect Campbell's criminality:
"Both the head sentence and non-parole period are manifestly inadequate.
"In particular both failed to adequately reflect the criminality of the conduct and failed to maintain adequate standards of punishment for offences of this nature.
"It is acknowledged that permission to appeal should only be granted to the prosecution in rare and exceptional cases.
"However, in my submission, permission to appeal should be granted in this case because the sentence imposed discloses an inadequacy to such proportions that, if it was allowed to stand, it would erode standards of punishment for offences involving sexual abuse of children and impair confidence in the proper administration of justice.
"This is a case that calls for this court's intervention.
"This offending was very serious offending of this type and the respondent demonstrated no real remorse or contrition for his actions."
Ms Meleor said the sentencing judge showed leniency in the non-parole term partly because he concluded Campbell was unlikely to reoffend because he had not been charged with any offences for more than 10 years.
"To impose a non-parole period of 50 per cent of the head sentence in these circumstances sends a message to the community that if you get away with your offending for an extended period of time because of circumstances that you will receive a significant benefit for that."
A panel of three Supreme Court judges is hearing the application and questioned why the sentence was not a deterrent.
"Why would a heavier sentence of 13 years have any bearing on general deterrence? And where is there any material to suggest that 13 years' imprisonment wouldn't deter and 25 years would?" Justice Thomas Gray asked.
"[For] like-minded people who might want to offend, having to face a sentence of 13 years that is going to be quite a deterrent."
Justice Gray said people convicted of offences of this type were not automatically granted parole and were ineligible for early home-detention release on parole.
"Probably the public has a misconception about the non-parole period and what it means. They would rather think that the person would be on parole automatically, in this case probably understood the six-and-a-half years will be served and possibly longer."
Justice John Sulan echoed those thoughts.
"You spend six-and-a-half years in jail, at the very least [a] pretty large deterrent I would have thought," he said.
Campbell's lawyer Marie Shaw QC said the sentence was not manifestly inadequate.
The court heard Campbell was appealing against his convictions.
It reserved its decision on whether to grant the DPP leave to appeal against the sentence.


www.abc.net.au (24-7-2013)
Candice Marcus
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-24/dpp-seeks-to-increase-paedophiles-jail-term/4840988/?site=adelaide


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Man who abused children sentenced to 13 years in jail

A man who abused five children over a 15-year period has been sentenced to 13 years in jail - but supporters of the victims say that is not enough.
Glen Campbell, 47, was today sentenced in the District Court on five counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, three counts of persistent sexual exploitation of a child and one count of procuring an act of gross indecency.
The court had been told Campbell abused three brothers between 1987 and 2002, and two sisters who stayed with him on a family holiday in the '90s.
He was living in Western Australia at the time of his arrest, although the offences had occurred in South Australia.
Outside of court, supporters of the victims said they were disappointed at the outcome
``Not only does it wreck the victims' lives but it wrecks their families' (lives),'' one man said
``We are all going through hell over this and will for the rest of our lives,'' a member of one victim's family said.
Another man said the sentence did not serve as a deterrent and that it was unfair that there were five victims, yet Campbell could be free in just over six years.
Today Judge Paul Cuthbertson said Campbell had betrayed the trust of the victims' parents.
``You've breached the trust that was imposed on you,'' he said.
Judge Cuthbertson said he did not think Campbell would reoffend and took into consideration his rehabilitation since the offending.
He said he nominated a lower than usual nonparole period of six years and six months.


www.theaustralian.com.au (30-5-2013)
Tessa Akerman
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/man-who-abused-children-sentenced-to-13-years-in-jail/story-e6frg6n6-1226653694443




'Monster' paedophile Glen Campbell belongs in hell, victim says

A "monster" paedophile belongs in hell for his 15 years of predatory abuse against five children, one of his now-adult victims says.
Glen Campbell avoided the glare of two of his female victims as they read harrowing victim impact statements in the District Court this morning.
Campbell, 47, was convicted of the persistent sexual abuse of three brothers between 1987 and 2002, and the abuse of two teenaged sisters who stayed with him on a family holiday in Adelaide in the early 1990s.
Now in their 30s, the women told Campbell he had betrayed the trust of their parents and had torn their family apart by threatening to kill the girls and their family if they revealed the abuse.
"They left the most precious things in their lives, their children, in your care and you abused their trust in the worst possible way," one said.
"I am not a religious person but I really do pray that Hell exists because that is where monsters like you belong."
The woman said she still carried a "burden of worthlessness and shame" because of the abuse.
"I don't hate you for what you have done - I despise you," she said.
Her sister repeatedly demanded Campbell face her as she told of her anguish at being raped as a young teenager.
"It has been hell living with a dirty little secret that Glen told me to keep - it nearly cost me my life, did you know that?" she told Campbell.
"I was forced to do things no person should be forced to do, let alone a child."
Both female victims said they still had trouble trusting men and that the abuse had severely affected their ability to maintain a relationship.
Judge Paul Cuthbertson told both women he hoped they could turn their lives around.
"For yourself and others you must put this behind you," he said.
Victim impact statements from Campbell's male victims - who were abused between the ages of eight and 13 - were handed to Judge Cuthbertson but not read in court.
Campbell, now of Clarkson in Western Australia, is facing a lengthy prison term after being convicted of nine counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, procuring an act of gross indecency and three counts of persistent sexual exploitation of a child.
He has been remanded in custody for further sentencing submissions next week.


www.adelaidenow.com.au (18-4-2013)
Andrew Dowdell
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/monster-paedophile-glen-campbel-belongs-in-hell-victim-says/story-e6frea6u-1226623378339


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