Protection for First Responders and Prison Officers Bill

6 New section 85A and cross-heading inserted

After section 85, insert:

Imposition of minimum period of imprisonment for offence against section 189A of Crimes Act 1961

85A Imposition of minimum period of imprisonment for offence against section 189A of Crimes Act 1961

(1)

This section applies if a court finds an offender guilty of an offence against section 189A of the Crimes Act 1961.

(2)

The court must impose a minimum sentence of 6 months imprisonment unless, given the circumstances of the offence and the offender, a sentence of imprisonment would be manifestly unjust.

(3)

If a court does not impose a sentence of imprisonment on an offender in accordance with subsection (2), it must give written reasons for not doing so.