CROOKS will face a longer stint behind bars after tough new laws to combat violent home invasions came into force in WA on Sunday.
Under the new laws — the toughest in Australia — a burglar who rapes a home occupant faces a minimum of 15 years in jail, while a person who breaks into a house and indecently assaults someone will be jailed for at least five years and three months.
A burglar who physically assaults the occupant, causing serious harm, will be imprisoned for a minimum of seven years and six months.
The three strikes rule has also been tightened to stop offenders being able to have their crimes bundled together as one strike.
Police Minister Liza Harvey said under the new laws if an offender has committed three burglaries on three separate days, that is three strikes and they’re going to jail for at least 2 years.
“We know that the majority of home invasions are committed by prolific offenders. To get these offenders off the streets and into a prison cell will help burglary rates decrease.”
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