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The payments made to appellant were pocketed by him & the cheques made payable to Customs were fraudulently endorsed to an account in appellant's brother's name.
The appeal raised various issues in connection with s.66EA of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). PITT, David John - CCA, Sully , Greg James & Adams JJCitation: R v Pitt  NSWCCA 408Sentence appeal.Voice identification - speech in intercepted telephone calls in Cantonese - police officer hears calls - later identifies voice of speaker from Cantonese speech at interview with police - whether evidence rightly admitted. History of offences - assistance to authorities - parity of sentences of co-offender - concurrency of sentences - totality principle.Appeal allowed on counts 6, 7 & 8: resentenced to total of 8y with NPP of 5*y. They had been divorced in the same month as the date upon which the offences occurred. There was evidence of complainant's unhappy relationship with the appellant, including prior incidents of appellant being violent towards her.Evidence of prior incidents of violence - whether wrongly admitted - relationship evidence - tendency evidence - probative value - unfair prejudice - whether directions adequate. WILSON, Linda - NSW SC, Miles AJ, Citation: R v Wilson  NSWSC 1257Remarks on Sentence. Offender went to trial on a charge of murder, however, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.The prosecution case was that the offender, who was the foster mother of the 2 year old deceased, had inflicted injuries upon the child with intent to cause GBH & that the child had died from those injuries.
At the sentence hearing, the judge sought confirmation from appellant as to the his understanding of the effect of pleading guilty & appellant said he understood completely.