Police appeal glassing sentence

 

TEENAGE thug Duane Warcon will have to face court again for glassing a stranger outside a Rockhampton pub.

The 17-year-old boasted on Facebook of being drunk in court when he got 10 months' probation for the crime.

But after a public outcry over the leniency of the sentence, police prosecutors have lodged an appeal in the District Court.

The grounds of the appeal are “that the Magistrate erred in that the sentence imposed was manifestly inadequate”.

A judge will now hear pleas for Warcon to be jailed. He had pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed in company.

The appeal has answered the call of crusading councillor Glenda Mather who yesterday hailed the decision.

“I sincerely thank and commend the DPP (Department of Public Prosecutions) for exercising its powers to ensure that justice is seen to be done,” she said.

“The public will also embrace this decision. It will send a clear message to both the court and offender that this type of horrific crime will not be tolerated, and should attract an appropriate custodial sentence.

“It should also sound warning bells to any person capable of glassing.”

Cr Mather wrote to the authorities three times asking them to intervene to seek a harsher punishment.

“In this case there was no compensation offered to the victim for the substantial injury he sustained. He lost all round,” she said.

Queensland Police Union general president Ian Leavers had urged the prosecutors to appeal, and praised the decision yesterday.

He said the union would follow the outcome with interest.

Cr Mather said yesterday she would be requesting the DPP to appeal the “similarly manifestly inadequate sentence” handed down to Allan Kerry Glen.

Glen also confessed to smashing a bottle over the head of an off-duty policeman in Allenstown on New Year's Eve.

Rockhampton Magistrates Court was told the victim sustained serious injury, blood loss and continuing health issues.

“In this instance the victim was protecting his family and property. The crime had the potential to kill or main. I have little mercy for these thugs,” Cr Mather said. “It's about time the scales of justice weighed in favour of the victims.”



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