‘It seems like he’s won the lotto’: Joffa’s sentence won’t be appealed, prosecutors say

Prosecutors will not appeal the sentence given to Collingwood cheer squad identity Jeffrey “Joffa” Corfe, who avoided prison time after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a teenage boy in 2004.

The announcement follows calls by the victim – Yarraville man Alex Case – last month for the sentence to be appealed after Corfe admitted to abusing him when Corfe was 44 and Case 14.

Director of Public Prosecutions, Kerri Judd, Jeffrey “Joffa” Corfe, and Alex Case.Credit:The Age

An Office of Public Prosecutions spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday there was not a reasonable prospect that the Court of Appeal would consider the sentence to be outside the range of available options.

“At the time the offence was committed, the Sentencing Act 1991 provided that a wholly suspended sentence was to be taken as a sentence of imprisonment,” the statement said.

“The Court of Appeal has held that, for the purposes of appellate review, if the County Court has imposed a wholly suspended sentence it has, in effect, ordered that the offender be imprisoned.”

Last month, County Court Judge Gerard Mullaly handed Corfe a 12-month prison term, wholly suspended for two years, meaning he will avoid prison over the historical abuse.

Director of Public Prosecutions Kerri Judd carefully considered the issue, the statement said.

Case told The Age on Tuesday that he was disappointed by the department’s decision.

“I do feel like he’s gotten away with what he did to me. I just worry about the message this sends other victims,” he said.

“I understand why other victims stay silent. I don’t blame them – going through this is difficult, particularly because of the delays.

“It seems like he’s won the lotto … and almost has something to celebrate, whereas I’m left with an outcome that doesn’t provide me with any closure whatsoever.”

Suspended sentences – like the one Corfe received – were abolished in Victoria for offences committed on or after May 2011. But they are allowed for offences committed before May 2011. As Corfe committed the crime in 2005, a suspended sentence was still an option for the judge.

Last month, Judd supported calls to amend the law to give greater protections to victims when they present impact statements to court, as Case did in this instance.

If you need support, call the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).

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