Push for tougher sentence

THE sentence of former Whitsunday police officer Ben Price, who assaulted people in police custody, has been appealed by the Attorney-General Cameron Dick.

Mr Dick put his appeal to the Brisbane Court saying he didn't believe the sentence correctly reflected the crime.

Price was convicted of assaulting four people in police custody in three separate incidents while he was serving as a police officer in Airlie Beach between 2007 and 2008.

He was sentenced to 27 months jail in October and under this sentence he would be eligible for parole in July next year, but now Mr Dick's appeal challenges the sentence and will see the entire case reconsidered.

Mr Dick lodged the appeal last week.

“The grounds of this appeal are that the sentences fail to reflect the gravity of these particular offences, that the sentence fails to sufficiently take into account the aspect of general deterrence, and that the sentencing judge gave too much weight to factors of mitigation,” he said.

The horrific assaults were released on youtube by Queensland police after Price was sentenced, which sparked concern nation-wide when it revealed the severity of the assaults.

It showed Price pulling a slender woman off the ground by her hair and twisting her arms above her head.

Another showed Price shoving a running hose down a man's throat.

A hearing date is yet to be set.


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