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R v Pan [2019] NSWDC 407

sentence — possessing counterfeit money (not excepted counterfeit coin) offence contrary to s 9(1)(a) of Crimes (Currency) Act 1981 (Cth) — specific deterrence — s 16A(2)(j) —  general deterrence — s 16A(2)(ja) — counterfeit money undermines confidence in integrity of Australian currency, which ordinary people rely on to conduct day-to-day transactions — sentencing judge noted offender kept counterfeit notes out of circulation — because offender has no insight into criminality of their behaviour, personal deterrence has some limited role to play — it is expected in gaming industry for some associates to ‘swindle’ by playing with counterfeit money — if offender continues to gamble, no reason to think offender would not come across further counterfeit currency — contrition — s 16A(2)(f) — guilty plea — s 16A(2)(g) — plea was entered on first day of trial, 5% discount allowed for utilitarian value of offender’s plea in the context — deportation — prospects of deportation is not a mitigating factor in sentencing  — sentence — 2 year conditional release order
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