DPP v Boutros [2019] VCC 1108

Sentence summary: Aggravated burglary

A drug-affected woman was jailed after going on a wild spree, attacking neighbours with a knife before setting upon a teenage girl as she walked to school.

Nadine Boutros, 25, pleaded guilty to one charge of aggravated burglary and two charges of common assault as well as one charge of theft and criminal damage.

The offender was jailed for 2 years and 10 months with a non-parole period of 1 year and 5 months.

In a series of attacks, the offender barged into a neighbour's apartment on the morning in November 2018 and pulled a knife on the unsuspecting victim.

The Court heard how the offender, affected by the drug ice, accused the victim of damaging her property and lunged at him repeatedly with a knife, cutting her neighbour's hand and forearm.

The victim left the apartment when a relative of the victim appeared.

She then set upon a 13-year-old girl as she was walking to school, throwing her to the ground and stealing the young girl's mobile phone while verbally abusing her.

The offender then fled to a nearby supermarket carpark where she harassed a mother and her three children, forcing them to cower inside their car.

The sentencing judge said violent crime conducted while on drugs would not be tolerated.

"Members of the community are well and truly sick of the violent, antisocial and gratuitous criminal behaviour of people high on ice, like you were," the judge said.

An aggravating feature of the sentence was that the offender was on a good behaviour bond at the time of the offending and had a considerable amount of prior convictions for drug related offences.

"There also needs to be some emphasis upon specific deterrence in the light of your prior convictions for violent and antisocial behaviour," the judge said.

"What you did caused trauma to multiple victims within a very short period on one day."

When considering the sentence, the presiding judge said the offender's mental health issues and history of drug use were mitigating factors.

Additionally, the offender had successfully studied accounting and expert evidence suggested she had bright prospects in the field.

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