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Director of Public Prosecutions v Beck, Christopher Kevin [2021] VSCA 88

Victorian Court of Appeal
Maxwell P, T Forrest and Emerton JJA

Director of Public Prosecutions v Beck, Christopher Kevin

Judgment Date: 
7 April 2021

CRIMINAL LAW - Appeal - Sentence - Crown appeal - Standard sentence scheme - Rape (two charges) - Failure to comply with reporting obligations under the Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004 - Sentence of 6 years' imprisonment on each charge of rape - Whether sentences manifestly inadequate - Guilty plea - Forcible rapes - Vulnerable victim - 18 weeks pregnant and with intellectual disability - Respondent in position of trust - Ignored protests of victim - High level of moral culpability - History of repeated sexual offending against vulnerable persons - Poor prospects of rehabilitation - Community protection, specific deterrence and denunciation - Appeal allowed - Rape sentences increased to 8 years' imprisonment - Failure to report sentence increased to 9 months' imprisonment - Sentencing Act 1991, ss 5A(1)(b), 6E.