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‘It wasn’t scot-free’: Drug Court Magistrate offers explanation for controversial sentence

Tom Elliott
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Drug Court Magistrate Tony Parsons has detailed the “special circumstances” which saw Paul Judd’s attackers spared jail time.

Mr Parsons told Tom Elliott it was vital there were clauses in the law that allowed cases such as Amanda Warren and Caris Underwood’s – the pair who attacked the paramedic in 2016 – to be assessed independently.

“We could have a sentencing system that is formulaic,” he said on 3AW Drive.

“If we went down that path, then I think we’d find the injustices would outnumber the fair and proper decisions.

“(Warren and Underwood) have been under supervision and did two week’s jail so (their sentence) wasn’t scot-free.”

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