Confessed paedophile Maurice Van Ryn has had his sentence reduced on appeal due to a clerical error.
On Friday, December 16, the NSW Supreme Court’s Court of Criminal Appeal quashed Van Ryn’s sentence of 18 years with a non-parole period of 13 years and 6 months imposed in the District Court in September 2015, reducing his non-parole period by two months.
Judges Robert Hulme, Mark Leeming and Peter Johnson resentenced Van Ryn to 17 years and 9 months in prison with a non-parole period of 13 years and 4 months, backdated to December 10 2014, the date acting district court judge Rodney Madgwick revoked bail following an appeal by the NSW Director Public Prosecutions.
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.
Friday’s reduction 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”.
Van Ryn will be eligible for parole in April 2028.