DPP v Skonis [2016] VCC 139

Sentence summary: Aggravated burglary

The offender confronted the victim at his unit after it was alleged the victim had assaulted his fiancé’s sister.

The judge said: ‘You knocked on the door of his unit and he opened it. The flyscreen door was locked. You grabbed at the flyscreen door and attempted to break it. [The victim] then opened the flyscreen door and you walked into his house and immediately started to hit him.’

The victim suffered injuries – including swelling and abrasions on the right forearm and elbow, a swollen right-little finger and a fracture to the left arm, with some bruising and swelling to the lower-left leg.

The offender pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated burglary and intentionally causing injury. The judge said the offending was serious. The judge said it was wrong for the offender to take matters into his own hands by entering the victim’s home and assaulting him, irrespective of his motivation. The judge said the offender should have left the victim’s punishment to police and the courts.

Taking into account character references, the offender’s lack of prior convictions and the absence of substance abuse issues, the judge was satisfied it was unlikely he would reoffend in a similar way again.

The offender was sentenced to a two-year Community Correction Orders, with conditions including that he perform 150 hours of unpaid community work and complete an anger management program.

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