Media Release

30 May 2017

Pesutto: Unless it’s mandatory sentencing the courts will ignore it

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Unless it’s mandatory sentencing the courts will ignore it

Victorians will be left scratching their heads today after the latest chapter of Victoria’s inadequate sentencing laws after Caleb Jakobsson was given as little as four years jail for hitting and killing a young mother on a pedestrian crossing and failing to stop and provide assistance.

Reports that Jakobsson continued to offend while on bail for killing Mrs Lehane, breaching curfew and later being charged with drug offences will also leave Victorians wonder what has happened to the justice system in Victoria.

This is yet another tragic example of why we need stronger sentences and mandatory jail times that send a strong and unequivocal message to violent offenders that the days of getting a slap on the wrist are over.

It’s no wonder there is a crime tsunami in Daniel Andrews’ Victoria when this is the sort of sentence being handed out.