Jail sentences for multiple violence offences appealed in court

A man with at least 15 concurrent jail sentences, including two 18-month sentences with six-month non-parole periods for assaulting police, had his sentences backdated last week.

Kevin Robert Goddard, 45, appealed the severity of all the jail sentences he was given for offences committed on four occasions in Sydney and Orange in 2015 and 2016.

Among the chargers were breaches of good behaviour bonds he was given for domestic matters such as intimidation, as well as for kicking a Mercedes and then assaulting the driver.

The good behaviour bonds were revoked and replaced with jail sentences in Orange Local Court on September 26 when he was also jailed for other violence-related matters, including threatening to kill a man’s dogs.

Judge Chris Robison partially upheld the severity appeal in Orange District Court last Wednesday.

“As to each of the sentences of six months [the] sentence is to date from September 23, 2017 to expire on March 22, 2018,” he ruled.

“As to each sentence of 18 months of imprisonment the non parole period is to commence on September 25 and expire on March 22, 2018, the balance of the term of sentence is to expire on March 22, 2019.

“In each matter the appeal is otherwise dismissed.”

Before the sentences were back dated on appeal, Goddard’s earliest date of release had been March 25, 2018. 

The most serious offences Goddard has been sentenced for was two 18-month jail sentences with six-month non-parole periods he was given for two assault police charges.

On December 16, 2016, to Orange police officers received swelling and bruising during a struggle with Goddard in which he was being arrested for threatening behaviour.