Victoria’s top prosecutor has appealed against the sentence imposed on a man who brutally beat his ex-girlfriend to death with a kitchen stool, on the grounds the penalty was manifestly inadequate.
Nanjing Night Net

Former security guard Isac Ayoul Daing was last month jailed for 18 years and six months, and ordered to serve a minimum 14 and a half years, over the murder of Maryanne Sikai.

Daing broke into Ms Sikai’s Footscray flat in the early hours of March 18 last year and when she refused to speak with him, he drank her wine and watched television and then slept in her bed.

Later that day the pair argued before Daing took a kitchen stool and then struck her, before repeatedly hitting the 41-year-old with one of the stool’s broken legs. In all he struck her at least 17 times.

Daing pleaded guilty to murder.

In sentencing, Supreme Court Justice Terry Forrest told the killer: “Put bluntly, you beat Maryanne Sikai to a pulp.

“There is nothing brave about what you did.

“This was a cowardly attack upon a terrified, defenceless woman.”

Justice Forrest said there was a vital community interest in deterring powerful, if inadequate, men from terrorising their weaker female partners or ex-partners.

In mitigation, Justice Forrest recognised that Daing’s traumatic upbringing in war-torn Sudan, in which he saw his father shot dead, had left him with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, John Champion, SC, said on Thursday he had lodged an appeal against the sentence on the grounds it was manifestly inadequate.

Mr Champion said it was also not reasonably open to find, in the circumstances, that Daing had shown a moderate sense of remorse.

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