Shayne Thomas Davidson

Posted: October 25, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Queensland
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Father not guilty of bashing paedophile Shayne Davidson who molested his son

  • By Robyn Ironside
  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • June 02, 2010 3:55PM

A JURY has taken 40 minutes to find a father not guilty of bashing a paedophile who molested his son after watching a rugby league match at his home.

The man, who cannot be named, had pleaded not guilty in the Beenleigh District Court to a charge of assault causing grievous bodily harm – which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years’ jail, The Courier-Mail reports.

He was alleged to have attacked Shayne Thomas Davidson, 43, at Eagleby on June 11, 2008 after learning about the assault on his son in his bed.

Davidson pleaded guilty last year to indecently assaulting the boy but was spared a jail sentence.

He had been invited over to watch the State of Origin game with his old childhood friend with whom he had recently become re-acquainted.

The court was told that after the game, Davidson told the father and two neighbours he was going to bed on a mattress made up on the lounge-room floor.

But he instead he went into the boy’s bedroom and massaged his genitals telling him he was a “pretty boy” and they would be “best pals forever”.

When the upset and teary 10-year-old told his father, he is alleged to have dragged Davidson outside and bashed him almost unconscious.

But a jury today took just 40 minutes to return a not guilty verdict after magistrate Walter Tutt told them they must “consider if what the defendant did were the actions of an ordinary resonable person given the circumstances”.

Bashed pedophile Shayne Thomas Davidson’s sentence to be appealed

  • by: Robyn Ironside
  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • September 17, 2009 12:00AM

THE Attorney-General will appeal the “inadequate” sentence given to a child sex offender who avoided jail because he was bashed by his victim’s father.

Shayne Thomas Davidson, 42, of Marsden in Logan City walked free from Beenleigh District Court on June 15 after pleading guilty to the indecent dealing of a child under 12.

Judge Ian Dearden found “rare and exceptional circumstances” existed in the case, because the victim’s father attacked Davidson when he learned of what occurred.

The court was told Davidson went into the 10-year-old’s bedroom after watching the State of Origin match on June 11, 2008, at the family’s home and molested him. When the boy woke up, Davidson asked the lad to show his privates and offered to do the same.

The child refused and went to tell his father, who bashed Davidson to the point where he needed extensive facial surgery.

At the sentencing, Justice Dearden said adult offenders who committed sex offences against children must serve jail time unless there were exceptional circumstances.

“When an individual takes the matter of punishment into their own hands, the offence committed by the person may be far, far more serious and therefore have far more serious consequences then the original offence,” he said.

As a result, Davidson was sentenced to a nine-month intensive corrections order.

The father is now facing the prospect of jail himself after being charged with grievous bodily harm. He is expected to face trial next year.

Davidson’s sentence sparked outrage when it was reported in The Courier Mail, prompting a review by Attorney-General Cameron Dick.

Yesterday Mr Dick said an appeal had been lodged “on the basis the sentence imposed . . . was manifestly inadequate”.

The case is due to be heard in Brisbane’s Court of Appeal tomorrow.


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