Pedophile likely to offend again

Kate Lemmon | 14th May 2012

AN IPSWICH pedophile will pose a real risk of re offending once he is released from jail for stalking a teenage girl, Ipswich District Court heard.

Gordon Anthony Allwood, 42, met a 15-year-old girl and her father in Gatton last January when they arrived to offer assistance to flood victims.

Allwood spent four months stalking the teenager via indecent text messages, following her to work and watching her when she was out.

Crown prosecutor Sarah Maleckas told the court the girl and her family were scared and distressed by Allwood’s “grooming” behaviour.

Allwood pleaded guilty to unlawful stalking in March and the case was adjourned until Friday for his defence to obtain a psychiatric report.

The report declared Allwood refused to accept what he did was wrong.

Judge Deborah Richards said Allwood still denied responsibility for his actions and did not understand the significance of his behaviour.

She said Allwood would pose a real risk of further offending once released.

Allwood was sentenced to two years jail. With time already spent in custody, he will be eligible to apply for parole on July 14.

Allwood also pleaded guilty to failing to comply with his reporting obligations as a registered sex offender and was sentenced to six months prison, to be served concurrently with the two-year head sentence.

In March the court heard Allwood told his victim he had an 18-year-old friend named David and pretended to be him in some of the texts.

He also asked for naked photos of her and offered to send her naked photos of himself.

Ms Maleckas noted Allwood had almost identical offences in his criminal history, which included convictions for aggravated sexual assault and indecent treatment of boys.

 

Child’s stalker struck at shelter

Kate Lemmon | 31st March 2012 2:00 AM

AN IPSWICH pedophile stalked a 15-year-old girl for months after becoming obsessed with her at a flood recovery centre.

Gordon Anthony Allwood, 42, first saw the girl in Gatton last January when she went to offer assistance to flood victims with her father.

The girl and her dad left their contact details with relief staff, which Allwood accessed without permission.

Ipswich District Court was told Allwood started texting and following the girl, sending her lewd messages.

From January 12 until May 14, Allwood followed the girl to her workplace and watched her when she was out.

He requested naked photos of the girl and offered to send naked photos of himself.

Crown prosecutor Sarah Maleckas said the girl and her family were scared, distressed and uncomfortable with Allwood’s “grooming” behaviour.

“He persisted in (his) unwanted conduct which scared her and her family over a four-month period,” Ms Maleckas said.

Allwood told the girl he had an 18-year-old friend named David and pretended to be him in some of the texts. A reportable sex offender, Allwood has almost identical offences in his criminal history, including convictions for aggravated sexual assault and indecent treatment of boys.

In March 2009 Allwood was convicted of pretending to be a 14-year-old boy when texting the 13-year-old daughter of a friend.

He sent her photos of himself naked and asked her to send photos of herself naked.

The court heard Allwood was serving a suspended prison sentence at the time of stalking the girl, so had spent the past 320 days in custody. Ms Maleckas called for two years prison as punishment, on top of the 18 months he was already serving.

Allwood pleaded guilty on Thursday to unlawful stalking.

The sentence, before Judge Deborah Richards, was adjourned until May 11 so the defence could obtain a psychiatric report.

 

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Comments
  1. Kay Lewis says:

    Did this man come from Clermont many years ago? There was a man named Gordon Allwood over 20 years ago who was a predator living there and I’m wondering if it could possibly be the same man. Is there any way to see a photo of this man?

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