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25. Sep 2009 at 15:35

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A law expert has hit back at Western Australia's new mandatory sentencing laws for people who assault police officers, saying the new laws will only clog the court system.

Law Society of WA president Dudley Stow told WAtoday.com.au that although the organisation did not condone in any shape or form the assaults on police or any person, it was against the concept of mandatory sentencing as a matter of policy.

Mr Stow felt the mandatory sentencing bill got "tied up" with the highly-publicised Matthew Butcher case earlier this year, in which three men were acquitted by a District Court jury over assaults on Constable Butcher and other officers following a pub brawl.

The legislation, which will see people who are convicted of assaulting a police officer or public security guard face a maximum of 12 months' jail, came into effect overnight.

Adults who assault and cause bodily harm to police officers, ambulance officers, transit guards, court security officers or prison officers face a minimum of six months' jail, while juveniles aged between 16-18 will go to jail for no more than three months.

Attorney-General Christian Porter said the new laws were put in place after he received royal assent from the Governor yesterday.

http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/police-bashing-law-will-clog-the-courts-law-ex...
 

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