New Sentencing Snapshots for Homicide, Property and Deception Offences

27 April 2017

The Council has released new Sentencing Snapshots for seven offences sentenced in the Victorian higher courts (the Supreme and County Courts) in the five years to 30 June 2016.

The offences covered in this release are murder, manslaughter, culpable driving causing death, arson, theft, obtaining a financial advantage by deception and obtaining property by deception.

This release also marks the 200th Sentencing Snapshot issue to be published since the launch of the series in 2005.

Sentencing Snapshots describe the type and length of sentences imposed for select principal proven offences (i.e. the most serious offence in a case).  Since March 2011, they have incorporated changes to sentence or conviction following an appeal. Snapshots are regularly updated for around 30 different offences heard in Victorian higher courts.

Findings from the Latest Release

Over the five years to 30 June 2016:

  • all people sentenced for murder received a custodial sentence. This included 11 people who were given a sentence of life imprisonment
  • the median sentence of imprisonment for a principal proven offence was considerably higher for murder (20 years) than for manslaughter (8 years) or culpable driving causing death (5 years and 6 months)
  • the median sentence of imprisonment for a principal proven offence of obtaining a financial advantage by deception was 2 years and 6 months, slightly higher than the median for obtaining property by deception (2 years) and theft (1 year and 9 months)
  • of the seven offences covered in this release, the offence most likely to receive a community correction order (without a custodial component) was arson (22% of cases)
  • community correction orders (without a custodial component) were not used to sentence any case involving murder, manslaughter or culpable driving causing death.

The new Sentencing Snapshots are available from our website.