The Court of Appeal has refused to extend time for an appeal against a sentence for contempt of court. Mr Slaveski was convicted in August 2015 of 9 charges of contempt of court involving threatening and abusive emails to judicial officers and court staff. In sentencing him to 23 months’ imprisonment, her Honour Justice King had taken into account his mental health condition, described as a delusional disorder. She declared that she had reduced the sentence by 50% as a result.
Mr Slaveski asked the Court to reconsider his sentence on the basis of fresh evidence being a recent medical opinion concerning his ongoing psychiatric condition. The Court concluded there was nothing in the reports that added to what was known to the judge at the time of sentencing. The fact that subsequently there appeared to be improvement in his condition, reflected in his apology to the Court, was welcomed but did not constitute fresh evidence. There was no miscarriage of justice. The application was therefore refused.
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.