1. A man who has been spared the death penalty for trafficking drugs will appeal.
Antony de Malmanche is struggling to come to terms with his 15-year jail sentence for drug trafficking – a crime he claims he did not know he was committing.
The 53-year-old New Zealand man says he was scammed after looking for love online and taking up an expenses-paid overseas trip, Stuff.co.nz reports.
After meeting up with men he believed were staff of his online love in China, he flew to Bali, where customs officers discovered 1.7kg of crystal meth in his backpack – which also contained his passport, plane ticket and customs declaration form – on December 1.
His defence lawyer said de Malmache was a victim with a mental illness and low IQ, making him vulnerable to brainwashing by scammers.
In sentencing, chief judge Cening Budiana said: “The defendant cannot escape his criminal responsibility and we found no excuse or justification for what he did, so the defendant must be punished.”
The judges could have imposed the maximum sentence of death, but gave him 15 years instead.
Craig Tuck, de Malmache’s lawyer, said his client was struggling to comprehend the sentence and would likely lodge an appeal, despite the fact it could lead to the death penalty.
“The judicial panel have come back with a decision and we disagree with that obviously,” Mr Tuck said.
2. An abusive partner register could be introduced so people can look up spouse’s violent history.
Victorian perpetrators of family violence could be listed on a “risk register”, which people could look up to see if their partner has a violent history.
Victoria Police proposed the register – based on a partner’s “right to know” about someone’s abusive past – during the state’s Royal Commission into Family Violence, the ABC reports.
It is modelled on the UK’s Clare’s Law, a risk register implemented nationally and named after 36-year-old Clare Wood, who was killed by an ex-boyfriend that she had repeatedly reported to police.
Clare’s Law reportedly helped more than 1,000 women escape abusive partners in less than a year.
“Such an initiative could break the all too common pattern of perpetrators harming successive partners and avoid exposing unwitting adults and children to known perpetrators of family violence,” the Victoria Police submission said.
It is proposed that people can use the information to assess the safety of themselves and their family, but cannot legally disclose the information to others.
3. Man facing jail after fatal fight with elderly dementia sufferer.
A man is facing jail time after a nursing home fight over a walking frame left an 89-year-old dementia patient dead.
David Rose, 67, twice assaulted the man, who died from a fatal brain bleed, after the confused man repeatedly entered his room looking for his wife, SBS reports.
He pleaded guilty in the Victorian Supreme Court yesterday to intentionally causing serious injury over the attack in a Melbourne nursing home on September 28, 2013.