Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Kilic v The Queen

Whilst thinking that Jamie Briggs and Chris Gayle should learn to behave better and show some respect for women there is a matter with serious consequences for women who have suffered violence at the hands of their partner.

Yavaz Kilic set fire to his pregnant girlfriend when she tried to escape an abusive and controlling relationship. She suffered severe burns, was in an induced coma for five days and had to undergo skin grafts.  As a result of her injuries she decided to terminate her pregnancy.

Mr Kilic was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 11 years.  The Judge commented that he was imposing a sentence that sent a message to the community that this behaviour was unacceptable.  The Court of Appeal allowed Kilic's appeal and reduced the sentence to 10 years and 10 months with a non-parole period of 7 years and 6 months. Amongst the rationale for reducing his sentence were comments that the victim's injuries were not lifelong  major physical or mental injuries and the trial Judge may have been unduly influenced the viewing photos of the victim's
injuries.

This seems plain ridiculous to a lay person.  Anyone with burns serious enough to require an induced coma for five days will have physical problems from scar tissue for the rest of their life.  Also I cannot imagine how having someone try to kill you does not leave you with psychological scars.

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