Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath has decided to appeal the sentence of Sterling Free on the basis it is manifestly inadequate.
“I understand there has been significant community interest in this matter,” Mrs D’Ath said.
“It is always important that I afford the Director of Public Prosecutions the time necessary to properly consider matters when preparing a brief in consideration of appealing any matter – especially one that involves a child.
“I have now received advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
“I have thoroughly considered that advice – and have decided to appeal.
“As the matter will continue to be before the courts, I will not make any further comment.”
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath