Bleijie's appeal for harsher sentence rejected

THE state's highest court has rejected Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie's bid to have the sentence of a convicted child sex offender increased.

Former Ipswich teacher Luke Euthimios Margaritis was convicted in February this year after pleading guilty to supplying a dangerous drug and three counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16.

He was sentenced to a year behind bars.

However, the sentence was ordered to be served cumulatively in conjunction with a four year jail sentence which commenced on March 13, 2013, for unrelated offences of maintaining an unlawful relationship of a sexual nature with another child under 16 years.

The court heard Margaritis' offending took place on unspecified dates between December 31, 1993 and January 1, 1995, when he was a teacher at St Edmund's College.

Mr Bleijie appeal the sentence on the grounds the effective sentence of five years behind bars, with parole eligibility after 28 months, imposed by the primary judge was manifestly inadequate having regard to Margaritis' overall criminality.

He claimed that criminality involved Margaritis targeting, on separate occasions, two students at his school to satisfy his own sexual interests and the use of alcohol and or drugs to achieve his goals.

However, the Queensland Court of Appeal saw things differently and dismissed Mr Bleijie's application.

Justice John Muir, in handing down the court's findings on Tuesday, said the Attorney-General's submissions concerning the general application of the totality principle were accurate.

"They are not, however, an exhaustive exposition of the operation of the principle, either generally or in the circumstances under consideration," he said.

"In this case there is neither a misstatement or misapplication of principle nor a level of sentencing which necessarily bespeaks error." - APN Newsdesk.


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