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Carer gets sentence cut for sex offences

AAP logoAAP 24/10/2016

A carer jailed for sexually assaulting two patients who could hardly move and could not speak has had his minimum jail term cut by 18 months.

Daniel Thomas Mooney, now 45, was jailed in 2013 for 11 and a half years with a non-parole period of seven-and-a-half for molesting an 82-year-old woman and a disabled 46-year-old woman at a Wollongong nursing home.

The NSW Court of Criminal Appeal on Monday allowed his challenge, reducing his term to nine years with a minimum of six years.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault while two other counts of aggravated indecent sexual assault were taken into consideration at his sentencing.

In reducing his term, the appeal court found the trial judge did not take into account the assistance given by Mooney in voluntarily attending a police station where he made admissions about his offending.

He will be eligible for parole in February 2019.

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