By Jackson Barron For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 03:41 GMT, 22 November 2020 | Updated: 03:41 GMT, 22 November 2020
The sentence handed down to an amateur footballer who dragged a woman into an alleyway before pinning her to the ground and covering her mouth as she screamed has been labelled 'manifestly inadequate' by the shadow attorney general.
Jackson Williams spent 42 days in jail and received a two-and-a-half year community corrections order following the cowardly attack to a nurse in Melbourne CBD in 2018.
The 21-year-old talented football player was found guilty of common assault, but was acquitted of the more serious charge of intending to sexually assault the woman.
Shadow attorney general Edward O’Donohue has called for Williams to be re-tried in court after widespread community outrage at the punishment he received.
Jackson Williams (pictured left) was found not guilty of intended sexual assault after an incident in a Melbourne CBD alleyway 2018
In a letter to Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr O'Donohue asked Kerri Judd QC to urgently reconsider Williams' sentence.
'This sentencing decision clearly does not meet community expectations nor does it provide the level of deterrence that the Victorian community is looking for in matters of serious assaults such as this,' Mr O'Donohue said, as reported by The Herald Sun.
'I respectfully request your urgent consideration of lodging an appeal against this prima facie manifestly inadequate sentence.'
Williams' sentence from Judge Amanda Fox in Victoria's County Court last week sparked community outrage.
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