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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Attorney-General to appeal Price, Major sentences

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Wednesday, November 10, 2010

    Attorney-General to appeal Price, Major sentences

    Statement below can be attributed to Attorney-General Cameron Dick:

    Today, I have lodged an appeal in the Court of Appeal in Brisbane against the sentences imposed on Benjamin Thomas Price for assault occasioning bodily harm and common assault.

    Price is a former Queensland police officer who was convicted of assaulting three persons while they were in his custody.

    The grounds of this appeal are that the sentences fail to reflect the gravity of these particular offences, that the sentence fails to sufficiently take into account the aspect of general deterrence, and that the sentencing judge gave too much weight to factors of mitigation.

    Also, last week, I lodged an appeal against the sentences imposed on Troy Lane Major.

    Major was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment on 6 October 2010 after being convicted of 10 charges, including unlawful wounding, in the District Court in Brisbane. The charges arose from a relationship that involved domestic violence.

    The grounds of this appeal are that the sentences fail to reflect the gravity of the offences, that the sentence fails to sufficiently take into account the aspect of general deterrence, and that the sentencing judge gave too much weight to factors of mitigation.

    The court will set the dates for both appeals.

    I will not be making any further comment as the matters are now before the courts.

    Media contact: Office of Attorney-General and Industrial Relations Minister 3239 3487