Teacher who molested boy gets sentence reduced

A FORMER Ipswich teacher has had a year taken off the sentence he was given for molesting a teenage student almost 20 years ago.

Luke Euthimios Margaritis was 26 when he met the boy as a teacher at St Edmund's College and arranged visits to his home before and after school in the 1990s.

He would give the boy, aged 13-14, alcohol and amyl nitrite, an inhalant that affects consciousness and cognition.

Margaritis, 44 at sentence, was ordered to serve five years in jail for maintaining a sexual relationship with the boy.

At his sentencing, the Crown sought a sentence not less than three years and defence submitted three years was appropriate.

Margaritis argued in the Queensland Court of Appeal that the sentencing judge placed too much emphasis on the victim's claims of psychological harm.

His lawyers said there was no medical evidence to back the claims up, especially when there was a background of childhood abuse.

The victim, now 31, referred to continuing nightmares as well as being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress, a major depressive disorder and generalised anxiety in his victim impact statement.

Justice Robert Gotterson, in a written judgment from the Queensland Court of Appeal reduced the sentence from five to four years jail.

He said this case did warrant a sentence at the higher end of the indicative range.

This was because of "the position of trust and authority occupied by him, his provision of drugs to the complainant, his evident lack of remorse and, significantly, the substantial impacts that the offending has had on the complainant," he said.



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