http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2007/09/22/7089_news.html

Child stalkers jailed

Michaela Farrington

22Sep07

TWO men with multiple prior convictions for child sex offences were sentenced to nine months’ jail yesterday for stalking a young boy in Barwon Heads.

Anthony Anders, 50, of Lauriston Reservoir Rd, Kyneton, and Lance De Jong, 46, of Silverland Rd, had pleaded not guilty in Geelong County Court to one count each of stalking.

A jury convicted the pair after hearing evidence that they set up camp near the toilet block at Barwon Heads Caravan Park during the 2005/2006 summer school holidays and photographed children as they went to and from the building.

Handing down sentence yesterday, Judge Felicity Hampel described their behaviour as “deliberate, persistent, calculating and, in the circumstances, predatory.”

She said there was “real risk” the men would reoffend.

Judge Hampel said Anders and De Jong, who met in prison, were on parole at the time of their stalking offence, after serving lengthy sentences for multiple sex offences committed on children.

She said Anders’ prior convictions dated back to 1983 and included three separate sentences for child sex offences, including sexual penetration of a male child.

His most recent conviction was in 1995, she said, when he was sentenced to 11-and-a-half years’ jail for multiple offences, including eight counts of sexual penetration of a child, five counts of an indecent act with a child, two counts of indecent assault and three counts of procuring a child for an objectionable film.

Judge Hampel said De Jong had twice been sentenced for child sexual offences since 1996.

His most recent conviction in 1998 included eight counts of sexual penetration of a child aged between 10 and 16, two counts of sexual penetration of a child under 10 and six counts of indecent assault. He had been sentenced to eight years’ jail for the offences.

Judge Hampel said Anders’ and De Jong’s actions clearly distressed the young boy who they photographed several times over four days.

She said the boy had cried when he gave evidence against the men and described running away to avoid being photographed.

 

http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2007/09/20/7007_news.html

Caravan park snappers guilty of stalking

Karen Matthews

20Sep07

TWO convicted sex offenders who met in prison and spent a camping holiday together at Barwon Heads have been found guilty of stalking a young boy.

Anthony Anders, 50, of Lauriston Reservoir Rd, Kyneton, and Lance De Jong, 46, of Silverlane Rd, Croydon, had pleaded not guilty in Geelong County Court to one count each of stalking.

Evidence was given during the trial that Anders and De Jong set up camp near the toilet block at Barwon Heads Caravan Park over the 2005/2006 summer holiday season.

They then proceeded to take photographs of children in the camp including an 11-year-old boy as he walked to and from the toilet and rode his bike around the park.

The two men, both serious sex offenders, were on parole at the time of the offending.

Yesterday a jury returned its verdict of guilty in both cases.

During his plea, John Lavery, for Anders said it was De Jong who had taken the photos and that although Anders was present and aware of what was going on, he did not physically aid and abet De Jong.

Mr Lavery said his client was on parole at the time of the offending, that his parole had been cancelled as a result and his earliest possible release date now was June 2008.

Mr Lavery submitted that, having regard to all the circumstances, his client should be considered for a suspended sentence.

Terry Sullivan, for De Jong, said his client’s parole had also been cancelled and his earliest release date was November 2008.

Mr Sullivan said De Jong had served a lengthy jail sentence and knew the significance of going to jail.

“In my respectful submission a suspended sentence should be held in abeyance until the completion of parole and that it then take place from the time of release,” he said.

“If not a suspended sentence, then I would submit a jail sentence under 12 months that does not require a non-parole period.”

Judge Felicity Hampel will hand down sentence on both men at 10am tomorrow.

 

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