Insights: Criminal Law Sentencing

In light of the recent sentencing of Borce Ristevski and Joseph Esmaili, sections of the community have expressed anger and shock at what appears to be a disparity between the proportionality of these sentences. Families of the victims and the community are trying to grapple with the 9-year (6-year non-parole) sentence of Risetevski for the manslaughter of his wife, Karen Ristevski, and the 10-year, mandatory minimum non-parole sentence of Esmaili for the one-punch manslaughter of surgeon Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann. Are these sentences justified? If not, what can be done to quell the community’s concern that justice is served?

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