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Judgment handed down in May-Jordan v The Queen
28 February 2017
The Court of Appeal today dismissed an appeal by Jeremy May-Jordan. Mr May-Jordan had pleaded guilty to intentionally causing serious injury and was sentenced to three years and ten months’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of two years.
Mr May-Jordan was 18 years old when he stabbed one of a group of youths at a McDonald’s. His apparent motivation for the stabbing was that he believed the group had been spreading rumours about his girlfriend, and that one of them had tried to ‘pick her up’ several weeks earlier. The 16 year old victim suffered a severed artery in his arm and massive blood loss. He suffers ongoing nerve damage.
The sentencing judge was told that it was common for youths in the La Trobe Valley to carry knives. The judge took this into account together with other matters including the extremely serious nature of the crime, Mr May-Jordan’s previous criminal record (which included a nasty joint attack), that he was on bail when he committed the offence, his relatively young age, his anxiety disorder and his remorse.
Mr May-Jordan appealed, arguing that the sentence was manifestly excessive, that the judge had too readily ignored his youth as a strong mitigating factor and that he should have been sentenced to a shorter term of imprisonment to be followed by a Community Correction Order.
The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal. Although his age had to be taken into account, so too did the sentencing imperative of general deterrence. In this regard, young people in the La Trobe Valley must know that it is not normal or acceptable to carry a knife so that it may be used to attack someone. The Court said that judge had taken all relevant matters into account and the sentence was within the range of sentences that might be imposed.