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Chenhall, Trent v The Queen [2021] VSCA 175

Victorian Court of Appeal
Priest, Kaye and T Forrest JJA

Chenhall, Trent v The Queen

Judgment Date: 
18 June 2021

CRIMINAL LAW - Appeal - Appeal against sentence - Transmitting indecent communications to a person under 16 years - Using carriage service to cause child pornography offences to be transmitted to self - Possessing child abuse material - Failing to comply with reporting obligations under the Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004 - Applicant sentenced as serious offender - Whether sentencing judge failed to give sufficient utilitarian value to guilty plea during COVID-19 pandemic - Resentenced to 5 years' imprisonment with non-parole period of 3 years and 6 months - Criminal Code (Cth) ss 474.19(1), 474.27A(1), Crimes Act 1958 s 51G(1), Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004 s 46(1A); R v De Leeuw [2015] NSWCCA 183 applied - Application for leave to appeal granted - Appeal allowed.