25/11/2021 - 13:55

Former MP Barry Urban jailed for three years

25/11/2021 - 13:55

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Disgraced Labor MP Barry Urban has been sentenced to three years behind bars over the string of lies that unravelled his political career.

Former MP Barry Urban jailed for three years
The former member for Darling Range was sentenced in the District Court this morning.

Disgraced Labor MP Barry Urban has been sentenced to three years behind bars over the string of lies that unravelled his political career.

The former member for Darling Range was sentenced in the District Court this morning, three-and-a-half years after his resignation.

He was forced to vacate the position amid allegations he lied about his military service with the British Army and education to gain the party’s endorsement and then again before parliament when inconsistencies in his story were probed.

Those allegations were brought to light by a series of media reports regarding the validity of service medals he claimed to have received for being part of an international taskforce investigating atrocities in the Balkans.

Then, attention turned to his university degree; which he later admitted to forging.

The 52-year-old was originally facing 21 charges, but pleaded guilty to just seven after the others were discontinued.

Mr Urban’s lawyer claimed he had been punished enough by having lost his job as a member of parliament and enduring “significant media scrutiny and great public shame”.

But in sentencing Mr Urban, judge Carmel Barbagallo said his job loss was a direct consequence of his sustained and gross dishonest behaviour in parliament.

"Your offending is not a victimless crime," she said.

"You have grossly and falsely misled the WA Police, your fellow parliamentarians and the broader WA community.

"Your conduct had the tendency to undermine public confidence in parliament as an institution, and confirm the worst caricatures of politicians in the eyes of the community.

"You are, in fact, the real life Pinocchio of Parliament."

Mr Urban was sentenced to three years imprisonment, but will be eligible for parole after 18 months.

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