Calls for judge to resign over child rapist's lax sentence

MEMBER for Bega Andrew Constance has called for a NSW District Court judge's resignation after his "slap on the wrist" sentencing of child rapist and former Bega Cheese CEO Maurice van Ryn.

Judge Clive Jeffreys sentenced van Ryn to 13 years prison with a non-parole period of seven years for molesting nine children between 2003 and 2014.

On appeal, the non-parole sentence was almost doubled to 13 years and six months, with an aggregate sentence of 18 years.

Justices Mark Leeming, Justice Peter Johnson and Justice Robert Allan Hulme describe the original sentence as "an affront to the administration of justice".

Mr Constance used parliament to call for Judge Jeffreys to consider whether he was fit to keep his job.

"Whilst I'm not going to canvass the exact nature of the crimes in my address to parliament today, I do rise on behalf of my community to convey the outrage at the inappropriate handling of this matter by the District Court," he said.

"This sentence was a mere slap on the wrist and can only suggest the judge made a significant error of judgment.

"In my humble opinion and that of my community, van Ryn should never be released to re-offend again.

"I'd suggest very clearly that Judge Jeffreys look within himself at what has occurred here as a result of his decision.

"He must surely consider his position as a result of this ruling, as I'm sure most people would reflect."

Mr Constance said he would seek a judicial commission review of the decision.

"And I do hope that Judge Jeffreys will also consider his position," he said. -APN NEWSDESK



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