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R v Ralston [2019] ACTSC 236

sentence — using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 years of age offence contrary to s 474.27(1) of Commonwealth Criminal Code nature and circumstances of the offence — s 16A(2)(a) — any grooming offence is serious, although due to limitation sentencing judge found on offending (offending related to 2 messages) it must follow that objective seriousness of the offence must be regarded as below medium — antecedents — s 16A(2)(m) — lack of criminal records is usually fact giving rise to significant leniency, but significance is diminished in matters of this type — offender has serious mental health issues — general deterrence — s 16A(2)(ja) — specific deterrence — s 16A(2)(j) — lengthy period of being subject to a supervision order will meet community’s interests and signify by way of general deterrence how seriously courts look upon this type of conduct — sentence — exception to imprisonment can be applied so offender does not serve period of full-time imprisonment — offender sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment suspended with immediate effect, entering into 3 years’ recognisance release order
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