New Sentencing Snapshots for Six Violent Offences

28 June 2018

The Council has released new Sentencing Snapshots for six violence-related offences sentenced in the Victorian higher courts (the Supreme and County Courts) in the five years to 30 June 2017.

Along with aggravated burglary and armed robbery, this release covers four cause injury offences: causing injury intentionally, causing injury recklessly, causing serious injury intentionally and causing serious injury recklessly. Each Sentencing Snapshot presents data on the type and length of sentences imposed for the principal proven offence (the most serious offence) in a case.

The latest Snapshots reveal that the use of community correction orders to sentence aggravated burglary, armed robbery and causing serious injury offences has decreased, particularly in 2016–17. At the same time, the percentage of people sentenced to imprisonment has increased for all six offences. Average imprisonment lengths are also increasing.

Over the five years to 30 June 2017:

  • 86% of the 499 people sentenced for aggravated burglary received an immediate custodial sentence. The median imprisonment term was 2 years and 9 months while the maximum was 8 years. In 2016–17, the average term of imprisonment increased to 3 years and 3 months (from 2 years and 8 months in the previous year)
  • 82% of the 988 people sentenced for armed robbery received an immediate custodial sentence. The median imprisonment term was 2 years and 10 months while the maximum was 14 years and 2 months. In 2016–17, the average term of imprisonment increased to 3 years and 1 month (from 1 year and 11 months in the previous year)
  • 91% of the 276 people sentenced for causing serious injury intentionally received an immediate custodial sentence. The median imprisonment term was 5 years while the maximum was 12 years. In 2016–17, the average term of imprisonment increased to 5 years and 4 months (from 4 years and 4 months in the previous year)
  • 79% of the 357 people sentenced for causing serious injury recklessly received an immediate custodial sentence. The median imprisonment term was 2 years and 6 months while the maximum was 6 years. In 2016–17, the average term of imprisonment increased to 3 years and 1 month (from 1 year and 9 months in the previous year).

The new Sentencing Snapshots are available from our website.