Appeal over backpacker Vic scalping case

Prosecutors want a harsher penalty handed to a Victorian pear-packing company after a young Irish backpacker's scalp and ear were torn off by a conveyor belt.

Kalafatis Packing Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe system of work and was fined $50,000 without conviction in January.

But the sentence was "manifestly inadequate" according to Acting Director of Public Prosecutions Gavin Silbert QC, who lodged an appeal on Wednesday.

The young woman was scrubbing the underside of a conveyer belt on November 7, 2015, when her hair became tangled in a rotating drive shaft, a court had previously been told.

Her scalp was then torn from her head and one of her ears was ripped off.

The woman was hired by a company which specialised in providing backpacker labour to the fruit industry.

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