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Stanger, Liam v The Queen [2021] VSCA 25

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

Stanger, Liam v The Queen

Judgment Date: 
23 February 2021

CRIMINAL LAW - Appeal - Sentence - Appellant lit two bushfires - Fires lit in fire danger period - Fuel hazard rating extreme for location of fires - Appellant pleaded guilty to one rolled-up charge of intentionally causing a bushfire - Guilty plea - Appellant suffering neurodevelopmental disorder - Total effective sentence of 3 years' imprisonment with non-parole period of 2 years - Leave to appeal granted on the papers - Whether sentence manifestly excessive - Sentence not wholly outside range of sentencing options - Appeal dismissed - Lisle v The Queen [2017] VSCA 4, Ganon v The Queen [2018] VSCA 110, Robson v The Queen [2018] VSCA 256 distinguished.