Ex-WA detective loses appeal on sentence
A former West Australian detective has lost an appeal against his sentence for sharing restricted information with a lawyer with whom he had a personal relationship.
Carl Salvatore Casilli pleaded guilty in July to communicating interception warrant information to another person, unlawful use of a computer, unlawful supply of an audiovisual recording of an interview, and 14 counts of operating a restricted access system without authorisation.
The offences occurred between 2008 and 2013.
An appeal was lodged claiming the sentences imposed, individually and cumulatively, were manifestly excessive considering the circumstances of the offences, his plea of guilty, lack of a criminal record, and the relatively low maximum penalties that could be imposed.
But on Wednesday, Justice John McKechnie said the nine-month sentence properly reflected the circumstances of the offence, the need for general deterrence and the considerable matters of mitigation.
"Police officers are public servants," he said.
"They are entrusted with the power to access information by a compact with the public that they will do so only for the purposes of their work, not simply because they can."
Justice McKechnie added that failure to suspend the sentence was not an error by the sentencing magistrate.
Casilli had been on bail pending the appeal decision.