Jeffrey Peter Bavage

Posted: October 17, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Photo, Sentenced, Victoria
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UPDATE:   April 2014

Age:  52  (2014)

Location:  Lara  /  Barwon Prison  –  VIC

Offence:  Bavage pleaded guilty to rape, assault and criminal damage in the Geelong County Court.

Sentence:  Three years added to his jail term & must serve a total of 20 years before he is eligible

for parole.

Sex offender Bavage applies for reduced sentence

By Sarah Farnsworth

Posted June 14, 2012 17:37:39

One of Victoria’s worst sex offenders has acknowledged his crimes for the first time, in a bid to have his sentence reduced.

Jeffrey Bavage is serving a 27-year sentence for the sexual assault of five girls, including a seven-year-old as she slept at a Torquay caravan park in 2007.

Bavage’s crimes spanned a 30-year period and when he was jailed, the sentencing judge said he was everybody’s worst nightmare.

In the Victorian Court of Appeal, Bavage’s lawyer has argued his sentence should be “almost cut in half”, as it was manifestly excessive.

The families of his victims were in court to hear Bavage acknowledge his wrongdoings, despite having always protested his innocence.

The Office of Public Prosecution agreed the 21-year minimum jail term fell outside sentencing practices and said Bavage’s acknowledgement showed some glimmer of hope.

The court will hand down its decision next week.

Sex predator appeals penalties while victims seek compo

Aleks Devic

August 25th, 2009

CHILD sex monster Jeffrey Bavage’s victims are suing him for compensation but they may not see a cent for more than 18 months after he lodged an appeal today.

The former Lara man was sentenced to 27 years in prison, with a minimum of 21, after he was found guilty of sexual assaults on five girls.

He was serving a suspended jail term when he set upon a seven-year-old girl in January 2007 at the Torquay Caravan Park.

Bavage committed violent sex attacks on children and teenagers for more than 30 years.

The County Court was told today there was a freeze on $87,000 of Bavage’s assets and that his victims wanted compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses and their legal fees.

Bavage’s lawyer, Avi Furstenber, said his client had appealed all five convictions and sentences and it would be unfair to order him to pay money to victims because his penalties could be quashed or a retrial ordered.

Judge Felicity Hampel said victims would be further traumatised if they were ordered to return the money back to Bavage if his appeals were successful.

But barrister Adam Hill, representing four victims, said delaying money to his clients would be unjust because Bavage was found guilty and his conviction and sentence stands while the application for compensation was made.

Serial sex offender jailed for 27 years after Torquay child assault

May 14th, 2009

A SERIAL sex offender was yesterday sentenced to 27 years in jail for callous attacks against children.

Jeffrey Bavage, 47, formerly of Lara, was convicted in a series of Victorian County Court trials of 14 sexual offences over a 30-year period.

His offences included breaking into a caravan and molesting a seven-year-old girl who was sleeping next to her brothers at a Torquay caravan park.

He offered another of his victims, a 17-year-old girl, a lift to work in 2002 before “brutally” raping her by a creek north of Melbourne.

In a statement to the court, one of his victims said: “He took away my virginity at an age when I should have been playing with Barbie dolls.”

Victorian County Court judge Felicity Hampel described Bavage as “manipulative and cruel”.

“What you did to these children represents everyone’s worst nightmare,” Judge Hampel said.

“The offences were all brazen. You took advantage of children, sleeping in the family home or campsite.”

She said Bavage’s offending was clearly at the “high end of seriousness”.

It was conduct such as Bavage’s that led parents to view their friends and neighbours with suspicion, the judge said.

Judge Hampel said Bavage had a “high risk” of re-offending.

The court heard Bavage had 95 previous convictions from 28 court appearances.

Outside court, one victim, who cannot be identified, said the community was now safe from Bavage “for a very long time”.

“I just felt that he should be held accountable for what he has done. I was the victim and now I have come forward and now I have come out on top,” she said.

“I don’t feel anything for him – he is a monster.”

The victim had earlier spoken her mind as Bavage left court.

“I said there is (sic) no more girls where you are going, no little girls, they are all safe now,” she said.

Many of Bavage’s victims went to police following media publicity surrounding his arrest over the Torquay assault, the court heard.

Bavage must serve a minimum of 21 years before being eligible for parole.

He has already served 839 days in custody.,21985,25379800-661,00.html

Multiple rapist assaulted seven-year-old girl in caravan park

Shelley Hadfield

April 24, 2009 02:55pm

A SEX offender who assaulted a seven-year-old girl in a caravan park should be jailed for at least 20 years, a court has been told.

Jeffrey Peter Bavage, 47, has been found guilty of sexual assaults on five girls in four trials since September.

One of the victims, who was assaulted from the age of seven to 11, told the County Court today: “He took away my virginity at an age when I should have been playing with barbie dolls.”

Bavage has 95 prior convictions from 28 court appearances between 1980 and 2006, including a raft of sex offences.

In the recent trials he has been found guilty of 14 offences.

But Bavage still denies the offences.

He appeared in the County Court today for a pre-sentence hearing.

Prosecutor Brendan Kissane told the court that the offence against a seven-year-old girl at a Torquay caravan park in 2007 was gratuitous and hideous.

The little girl was asleep when Bavage entered the caravan annex. She awoke to find Bavage committing an indecent act with her.

Bavage was also found guilty of raping a 17-year-old girl, raping a 13-year-old girl and the ongoing sexual assault of two girls over almost six years.

Mr Kissane said Bavage should be jailed for 23 to 26 years, with a non-parole period of 20 to 23 years.

But Bavage’s barrister Nick Papas said such a sentence would be crushing.

He suggested a maximum of 17 to 21 years, with a parole period of five years.

The court heard Bavage has a brain injury which contributes to impulsive tendancies.

Bavage was found guilty of six counts of indecent assault on a girl under 16, two counts of rape and one each of carnal knowledge of a girl under 10, sexual penetration of a child, attempted indecent assault, false imprisonment, aggravated burglary and indecent act with a child under 16.

Judge Felicity Hampel will sentence Bavage on May 13.

Child sex trials completed

  • Sarah-Jane Collins
  • March 17, 2009

ONE of Victoria’s worst sex offenders has been convicted of sexually assaulting children as young as seven in a string of trials that wrapped up in the County Court this week.

Jeffrey Peter Bavage, 47, was arrested in 2007 over an assault on a seven-year-old girl in a caravan park in Torquay.

Following the publicity the case attracted, several other victims contacted police, leading to Bavage being charged with sexual offences spanning three decades.

At the time, detectives from the Victorian sexual crimes squad said he was possibly one of the worst sex offenders in Victoria.

In the past six months, Bavage has faced four trials, but the results have been suppressed pending the outcome of the final trial.

Yesterday, the suppression order was lifted.

Judge Felicity Hampel remanded Bavage in custody for a pre-sentence hearing on April 8.


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