Petition - 2017 - Justice for Karen

Karen Belej Petition

Thursday 7 September, 2017

The lenient sentence handed down to Karen Belej’s killer is appalling and new laws should be drafted to introduce mandatory minimum sentences to such violent criminals, Member for Mildura Peter Crisp says.

Mr Crisp has today launched a petition calling for justice for Karen, including appealing to the Director of Public Prosecutions to consider appealing her killer’s sentence.

The petition reads:

To the Legislative Assembly of Victoria:

This Petition of the residents of Victoria draws to the attention of the House our request for the Director of Public Prosecution to appeal Brandon Osborn’s lenient sentence in the interest of justice for Karen Belej.

We, the undersigned, ask the House to note that the people of Victoria are dismayed by lenient sentences handed out to violent criminals.

Further, the petitioners request the Legislative Assembly of Victoria call on the Andrews Labor Government to introduce mandatory minimum sentences for violent criminals.

The petition will be tabled in the Parliament of Victoria and sent to the Office of Public Prosecutions.

Mr Crisp said because the judicial process only allows 28 days for an appeal to be lodged, is it important that all signatures be received before Monday, September 18.

“To maximise the effectiveness of the petition, I am asking all community and sporting groups to consider picking up copies of the petition from my office to circulate to their members at meetings and events,” he said.

“I would also ask our local businesses to consider getting copies for staff and visitors to sign.

“I am urging all members of the Mildura community to sign the petition so we can tell the Parliament of Victoria that it is time to get tough on violent criminals.”

To sign the petition, please visit Mr Crisp’s office at 35 Deakin Ave, Mildura. To organise copies of the petition for organisations and businesses to circulate, please call Mr Crisp’s office on 5021 2828.

“We need as many people as possible to sign this petition so we can achieve justice for Karen,” Mr Crisp said.

“We need to send a really strong message to Daniel Andrews and his Government that it is time to get tough on violent criminals,” Mr Crisp said.

To download the petition, click here.

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