In my view, the sentencing judge committed no error in treating denunciation and deterrence as paramount sentencing goals in this case nor did she improperly subordinate the principle of rehabilitation. The fact that Detective Constable Plunkett was killed while in the line of duty is a seriously aggravating factor, one which the sentencing judge underlined by reciting the following passage from R. v. Phillips (1999), 138 C.C.C. (3d) 297, at para. 27,
Police officers carry out an essential and responsible role in society. In doing so they are often required to assume risks to their personal safety. Because of that, when a police officer is killed in the execution of duty, the community is understandably outraged. In imposing sentence, it is appropriate to reflect society's revulsion for this aspect of the offence.