Supreme Court rejects Van Ryn sentence clerical error

Maurice van Ryn.
Maurice van Ryn.

Convicted paedophile Maurice Van Ryn has had an application to reopen his sentencing following a clerical error refused by the Supreme Court of NSW’s Court of Criminal Appeal.

The appeal was sparked by an error where the court referred to the “wrong offence provision, maximum penalty and standard non-parole period when re-sentencing” in February this year in a “document prepared by the Crown”, the judgement said.

Crown prosecutor Sally Dowling SC drew the court to the attention of the error in June.

A spokesperson for the victims’ families said this week he was concerned the error may have led to a reduction in Van Ryn’s sentence.

In February, Van Ryn's sentence was nearly doubled from seven years to 13 years and six months after an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions, with the same judges handling the latest Supreme Court decision.

The former businessman is now awaiting an application for special leave to appeal against his increased sentence in the High Court of Australia, with a decision expected later this year.