NSW upgrades penalty for paedophiles to life in prison

PAEDOPHILES convicted of raping young children in New South Wales could soon face life in prison, with plans to upgrade the current 25-year sentence for such crimes.

The state's Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton plans to introduce the new laws in parliament on Tuesday.

It comes after Premier Mike Baird promised during the recent election campaign to crackdown on child sex offenders.

Reports in News Corporation papers said the proposed laws would increase the maximum penalty for the offence of having sex with a child aged less than 10 years old to life in prison.

Ms Upton told the Daily Telegraph that boys and girls deserved to live their lives free from abuse and harm, and that child sex offenders "rob them of that right".

Other changes proposed in NSW included increasing non-parole periods for child sex offenders under 13 other specific offences.

- APN Newsdesk



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