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High Court to rule on Vic burning sentence

AAP logoAAP 6/12/2016

A Victorian man who doused his pregnant girlfriend in petrol and set her on fire is expected to learn finally how many years he spends behind bars, after previously having his sentence slashed by a third.

Last December Victoria's Court of Appeal cut Yavaz Kilic's original 15-year jail term, but the Director of Public Prosecutions appealed against that decision and the High Court in Canberra on Wednesday is set to deliver its judgment on the sentence.

Kilic, then aged 22, pleaded guilty in March 2015 to intentionally causing serious injury to his girlfriend, who suffered life-threatening burns and terminated her 12-week pregnancy.

He also pleaded guilty to using a prohibited weapon and dealing with property suspected of being proceeds of crime.

Kilic was initially sentenced in the County Court to a total 15 years' imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 11 years.

But he appealed over the sentence, complaining it was second largest ever for intentionally causing serious injury, including sentences imposed after a not guilty plea.

The state's Court of Appeal re-sentenced Kilic to 10 years and 10 months' imprisonment, with a non-parole period of seven years and six months.

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