Machete wielding attacker wants a softer sentence

AFTER carrying out a vicious and prolonged home invasion, Aaron Paul Pryce believes he was incorrectly sentenced and should have a shorter sentence.

In December 2013 Pryce and Lindsay Rohan Winslade armed themselves with machetes and forced their way into a Rockhampton home where they hoped to get cannabis.

For about 30 minutes Pryce and Winslade held the six occupants hostage and threatened to cut and rape them.

They were jailed for eight years for burglary, armed robbery with violence, armed robbery with wounding, malicious acts and sexual assault and declared serious violent offenders which would see them serve at least 80% of their sentence behind bars.

But Pryce claims the sexual assault was only threatened and he should not have been given a sentence as long as Winslade due to a lesser criminal history.

Defence barrister Christopher O'Meara said according to the evidence given during the trial Winslade ran a machete up and down a girl's back and attempted to lift her skirt with it - but there was no evidence as to if the attempt succeeded.

Mr O'Meara also argued although Pryce had a lengthy criminal history it was minor in contrast to Winslade who had been previously jailed.

Mr O'Meara said the serious violent offender order should be removed or the sentence slightly reduced.

But prosecutor Michael Cowen said Pryce had admitted to the crimes when he pleaded guilty.

"This was a guilty plea with legal advice and an agreed schedule of facts," he said.

Mr Cowen said Pryce's lesser criminal history was offset by the fact he was on probation when he committed the offences.

He said the style, duration and viciousness of the attack warranted a violent serious offender declaration be placed on Pryce.

The court will deliver its decision at a later date.

- APN NEWSDESK


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