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Vic appeal over pregnant assault sentence

AAP logoAAP 28/07/2016 By Jacqueline Le

Victorian prosecutors want to increase the jail sentence given to a man who doused his pregnant ex-girlfriend with petrol and set her on fire.

Yavaz Kilic pleaded guilty in March last year to intentionally causing serious injury to his ex-girlfriend, and two proceeds of crime and weapon charges.

A County Court judge sentenced him to 15 years in prison, with a non-parole period of 11 years.

Kilic appealed the sentence, and in December the Court of Appeal re-sentenced him to 10 years and 10 months in prison, with a non-parole period of seven years and six months.

The Director of Public Prosecutions applied for permission to appeal the reduced sentence, which was granted by the High Court on Thursday.

The DPP says the Court of Appeal's decision did not adequately consider Kilic's attack as an example of a crime in the "worst category".

"The injuries were horrific. But for medical intervention she would most certainly have died," chief crown prosecutor Gavin Silbert QC told the High Court.

He says the Court of Appeal had acknowledged Kilic's crime was in the worst category, but their sentence did not reflect the gravity of Kilic's offending.

"It's either the 'worst' case, or it's not," Mr Silbert said.

Kilic attacked his ex-girlfriend in July 2014 as she sat in the rear passenger seat of a car, court documents show.

Kilic sat next to her and poured petrol all over her as she struggled to fight him off. She was 12 weeks pregnant with Kilic's child at the time.

As she tried to get out of the car, Kilic pulled her back in and said: "You want to make my heart burn, now you can burn, b****".

He then lit a cigarette lighter near her chest.

The woman suffered critical injuries, and in light of her injuries and long-term prognosis, terminated her pregnancy.

Counsel for Kilic, Dermot Dann QC, told the High Court his client's offending lacked pre-meditation.

He also said the DPP had not raised the issue of public interest in seeking special leave to appeal, as required.

The DPP and counsel for Kilic will appear before the High Court for a half-day hearing at a later date.

National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.

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