Arson and Cause Bushfire Principal offences covered in this table: - Arson (maximum penalty: 15 years’ imprisonment); - Intentionally or recklessly cause bushfire (maximum penalty: 15 years’ imprisonment). Case Date Disposition Type Head Sentence / Orders Individual Sentences Plea Offence Appeal Status Davies  VCC 1101 10 April 2017 Custodial 147 months (12 years 3 months) imprisonment NPP – 123 months (10 years 3 months) Arson x 5 (7 years, 6 years, 3 years, 2 years 6 months, 1 years 6 months) NG Offending – O committed five arson attacks: O drove to a police station and used petrol to set fire on the outside of the station. The station was unoccupied and the fire did not spread beyond the ignited area. The fire had significant intensity and caused damage to copper telecommunications wires in the wall, destroying the phone line and internet facilities. Blatant attack on Police aggravates offence. Intent to destroy building. O used accelerant to set fire to the outside of a church presbytery. The blaze did not take hold but was restricted to the door and its surrounds. V1, the priest, was sleeping upstairs and was unharmed. Attack on societal institution. O attacked a second church building by setting a fire with firelighters next to a bottle of petrol. Minor damage to the church door as petrol did not ignite. High level of planning. Use of crude timing device. Intent for significant fire. O drove to the rear of a bakery, and then used accelerant to set the building ablaze. Extensive damage caused to the rear of the building. Financial loss suffered. Risk to other properties. Losses in excess of $400K. O drove to a childcare centre at night and used accelerant underneath the building to set it ablaze. The building was unoccupied, and was destroyed by the fire. The cost was in excess of $400K. Fire on a suburban street and destroying a viable and necessary small business aggravates offence. Serious arson offender. Deliberate campaign to attack community. Offender – imprisonment Verdins , prior convictions for violence, weapons, and arson offences, 38 y male, serious offender, victim of childhood family violence, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by imprisonment impact on Autism, high moral culpability, delay, self-represented, lack of remorse, offending motivated by deep-seated hatred of society Sentence appeal allowed  VSCA 66 28 March 2019 Case summary Archer  VCC 1522 11 October 2016 Custodial 168 months (14 years) NPP – 108 months (9 years) Arson x 12 (4 years and 3 months x 2; 3 years; 2 years and 6 months; 2 years x 2; 1 year and 6 months x 2; 1 year x 4); Sabotage x 4 (3 years; 1 year x G (early) Offending – O committed serious offences over 6 years until he was arrested. O lit fires to property belonging to organisation at which O volunteered. First fire destroyed two heritage listed warehouses, four 100-year-old train carriages (cost of $270,000). Second fire destroyed yard building and vintage steam trains and carriages that were housed inside. O also lit fire causing
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