Sampson appeal works

A WOMAN jailed for three years for hindering the discovery of evidence in the case of slain Tamworth police officer David Rixon has been released after an appeal.

The NSW Criminal Court of Appeal published its findings into the case of Monica Margaret Joyce Sampson yesterday.

Sampson was sentenced to three years’ jail for hindering the discovery of evidence (concerning a serious indictable offence committed by another person) in the District Court in November 2012, with a non-parole period of 18 months.

Her jail term began on March 21, 2013.

Sampson appealed the sentence on the basis it was “manifestly excessive”.

On Wednesday a judge found a suspended sentence of 12 months would have been more appropriate.

Having already served 11 months in custody, the court found it was not “fitting to impose such a sentence” and there would be no further penalty. 

Sampson was released on Wednesday.

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