The Court of Appeal today allowed an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions against a sentence of 22 years’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 18 years, imposed for the ‘cold blooded’ murder of Michael Bekhazi at East Brunswick on 1 December 2014.

Finding that the original sentence was manifestly inadequate, the Court (Justice Priest, Justice Beach and Justice Hansen) resentenced Alexander John Semaan to a term of 28 years’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 24 years. The Court said that the killing was carried out in ‘a callous, almost detached, manner’, and described the murder as a ‘serious example of murder’. Further, the Court observed that the victim had offered no provocation, and that the murder had been committed by a man with an appalling criminal history who had showed no remorse for his crime.


NOTE:  This summary is necessarily incomplete. It is not intended as a substitute for the Court’s reasons or to be used in any later consideration of the Court’s reasons. The only authoritative pronouncement of the Court’s reasons and conclusions is that contained in the published reasons for judgment.

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