A man who married a 14-year-old girl in Melbourne has been sentenced to 12-months in jail
The court was told Shakir’s home country of Myanmar is permissive of child marriage but that was no excuse, Judge Hannan said.
‘We have one set of laws that govern all who choose to live in our community and those laws must be upheld,’ she said.
‘The victim was entitled to a childhood you took from her.
‘The message must be clear that offending which has the potential to so seriously damage the lives of our children will never be tolerated.’
Thank you, Judge Hannan.