Frank Bailey.
Frank Bailey.

Bailey rape sentence appeal lodged

THE push to appeal the sentence handed down to former St Andrew’s Christian Community School principal Frank Bailey for the drugging and rape of a 14-year-old girl in 2006 is under way.

Bailey was sentenced last Thursday in the NSW District Court to a maximum term of six years and six months in prison, but could be out on parole after four years.

The offence carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.

In 2007, Bailey was also convicted of the rape of a 16-year-old girl in his care and sentenced to a maximum three years and nine months behind bars.

Outraged by the leniency of the latest sentence, State member for Clarence Steve Cansdell has written to NSW Attorney-General John Hatzistergos requesting the NSW Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) appeals the sentence.

Mr Cansdell claims in his letter the maximum penalty of 20 years was completely ignored by Judge Lakatos in sentencing Bailey.

“The community and I are requesting that you demand the Director of Public Prosecutions appeal this ridiculously inadequate sentence,” Mr Cansdell writes in the letter.

“... this outcome has portrayed the justice system in NSW to be a joke, and sends a clear message to sexual assault victims these perverted parasites have the protection of the courts.

“I beg you sir to bring some justice for these young girls and their families.”

The DPP said it could not confirm whether the sentence would be reviewed.

“The director reviews sentences imposed for serious matters in order to determine whether or not to appeal,” a spokesperson said.

“The test is not whether or not the sentence ‘fits the crime’, but whether or not, according to well-defined legal tests, it is likely that a Crown appeal against the sentence would succeed.

“Decisions on appeals are made within 28 days of sentencing and a wide range of information is taken into account.”

Bailey is eligible for parole on February 8, 2014.


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