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Kalumburu leader Clarence Djanghara jailed for sex assaults

  • April 18, 2008 12:00AM

A SCHOOL warden at a remote WA Aboriginal community will spend at least two years in jail for the sexual assault of three girls.

Clarence Djanghara, 43, from the Kimberley community of Kalumburu, was sentenced at a West Australian Supreme Court hearing in Broome today.

Djanghara, the deputy chairman of the Kalumburu Corporation, pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual penetration and two of indecently dealing with two 12-year-old girls and one 15-year-old girl between December 2006 and March 2007.

He was also a warden at the local Kalumburu school, a school counsellor and co-ordinated local activities for children at the time the offences occurred.

The court was told he offered the girls cigarettes and money for sex.

Justice John McKechnie sentenced him to four years jail but Djanghara will be eligible for parole after two years.

Justice McKechnie said Djanghara had committed serious crimes against children which had nothing to do with Aboriginal culture.

“The effect on the victims has been severe and likely longstanding,” Justice McKechnie said.

“You have damaged them greatly.”

The state government has launched a special police task force to tackle pedophilia in the Pilbara town of Halls Creek and other northern communities, including Kalumburu.

In February, two brothers, aged 42 and 34, were jailed for multiple sexual assaults against young girls in Kalumburu.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/community-leader-admits-child-sex-assaults/2008/04/14/1208025057949.html

Community leader admits child sex assaults

April 14, 2008 – 1:54PM

A senior member of a remote West Australian Aboriginal community has admitted sexually assaulting three young girls.

Clarence Djanghara, 42, from the Kimberley community of Kalumburu, appeared by video link from Broome in the West Australian Supreme Court in Perth today.

Djanghara, who is the deputy chairman of the Kalumburu Corporation, pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual penetration and two counts of indecently dealing with two girls aged 12 and one 15-year-old girl between December 2006 and March 2007.

Justice John McKechnie told Djanghara he would probably go to jail when he is sentenced on Friday.

“Clearly, Mr Djanghara must know the chances are he will be going to prison,” Justice McKechnie said.

But he said he would take into account Djanghara’s guilty plea, which had spared his victims from having to give evidence.

The community leader had pleaded not guilty to another sexual penetration charge, which was discontinued by the prosecution.

No reasons were given for the withdrawal of the charge.

The state government has launched a special police task force to tackle alleged paedophilia in the Pilbara town of Halls Creek and other northern communities, including Kalumburu.

In February, two brothers, aged 42 and 34, were jailed for multiple sexual assaults against young girls in Kalumburu.

 

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