Deferring Sentence for Theft and Obtaining Property By Deception

Deferring a SentenceThis is case involving a deferral of sentence for Theft and Obtaining Property By Deception.

Our client has an extremely long criminal record. Most recently, they had been arrested and remanded on a large number of charges, including Robbery, Obtain Property By Deception, Unlawful Assault, and Recklessly Causing Injury. Some of the matters were from some time ago and others were new offences. After spending some months on remand, the client was released on supported bail on a deferral of sentence.

For this particular case, Hester Kelly acted on the client’s behalf at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. The charges were Theft and multiple counts of Obtaining Property By Deception.

The matter proceeded as a further plea and her Honour decided to defer the sentence so the client can participate in supported bail. This was a good result as the court recognised that much of the client’s offending stemmed from their extremely disadvantaged background. There was a recognition that housing and a safe place to live, and support in the community, would greatly benefit both the offender and the community overall.

Deferring the sentence for Theft and Obtaining Property By Deception will give the client a chance to show the court their prospect for rehabilitation. This means that the court will monitor the client’s progress over the next few months and, if it finds improvement in the client’s efforts to lead a responsible way of life, then it is not likely to impose a harsh sentence.


Hester KellyHester Kelly

Hester is based at our Melbourne office and was admitted to practice in 2014. She previously worked as an Associate to Judge Howard in the County Court of Victoria and was also a solicitor advocate at another Melbourne criminal law firm before becoming a member of Doogue + George.

Hester graduated with First Class Honours in Law in 2012 from Monash University, with a degree in Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws. She completed two internships at the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and has volunteered with the HIV/Aids Legal Centre in Melbourne.

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