Confessed paedophile Maurice Van Ryn to be resentenced this week

The Bega District News has received word confessed paedophile Maurice Van Ryn will be resentenced in the NSW Supreme Court’s Court of Criminal Appeal on Friday, December 16. 

In November, the High Court of Australia ordered the resentencing take place following a clerical error during the Director of Public Prosecutions’ appeal process in February this year.

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 a “document prepared by the Crown”.

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

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.

Under his current sentence, he will not be eligible for parole until June 2028.