William Thomas Clare

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Child killer jailed for 25 years

Geesche Jacobsen
August 11, 2006 – 12:26PM

A pedophile and convicted killer has been jailed for up to 25 years following the rape and manslaughter of a three-year-old boy.

William Thomas Clare, 34, will not be released from jail before July 2033 after he was sentenced to a minimum of 18 years and nine months this morning in the NSW Supreme Court.

Clare’s sentence was added to a jail term he is already serving for the assault of the boy’s six-year-old sister.

Clare, who had been babysitting the two children, was caught after he filmed himself raping the girl on September 12, 2003.

He was known to police as a child-sex offender and the Department of Community Services had been notified several times of the case.

Justice Michael Grove told the court that the attack on the boy, known only as J, “was accompanied by an intention to gratify a depraved sexual urge [and] falls within the category of the worst case of manslaughter.

“Words are really an insufficient medium to convey an appropriate condemnation of your debauched behaviour,” Justice Grove told Clare.

Outside court today, the boy’s family, who cannot be named, welcomed the sentence.

“I am just so relieved that society will be able to move on and not have somebody of this nature and character out on the streets upsetting anyone else and their family,” the childrens’ father said.

Their grandmother said the judge was understanding of the problems the little boy had faced.

“It was a very, very sad and traumatic time I’m sure for him, and it has been very difficult for us and we are very thankful to the judge.”

Clare began minding the brother and sister the month before the three-year-old boy died, the Supreme Court was told last month.

Seeing the mother and her children at a Sydney rail station, he told her she looked “worn out” and offered to babysit.

The woman took him up on the offer, paying him $30 a day to look after her children.

But on September 13, 2003, after Clare raped the boy, the child vomited and stopped breathing.

Clare said he applied a 240-volt current to the boy’s chest “like a heart-starter” in an effort to revive him. But this attempt to “jump-start” the boy’s heart could have killed him, the jury heard.

Clare had pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the boy at his unit at Croydon, but denied murdering him.

Last month the jury took less than three hours before finding him not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter.

Clare was also sentenced today to 14 years for the aggravated sexual assault of the boy.

The sentences, to be served concurrently, will not begin until 2015 which is Clare’s earliest release date for the rape of the six-year-old girl.



Killer child rapist convicted again

Posted Fri Apr 11, 2008 6:32pm AEST

A convicted paedophile, who is in jail for raping and killing a toddler after raping the boy’s sister, has been sentenced to an extra 12 months’ jail for assaulting another girl.

William Clare’s new conviction relates to the repeated sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in 1999 and 2000.

The Sydney man is serving a jail term for raping a three-year-old boy, who died after choking on his own vomit during the attack.

Clare tried to resuscitate him with live electric wires.

He pleaded guilty to the offences while serving a 16-year jail term for raping the toddler’s six-year-old sister.

Clare had been babysitting the children at his home for several weeks before the boy’s death.

Today, the judge said Clare’s long history of child sex offences was an aggravating factor, but he had taken account of the long sentence the paedophile was already serving.

Clare will now be eligible for parole in 2032.


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