Clifford John Frith

Posted: November 1, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Photo, South Australia
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Pedophile artist Clifford Frith shocked by jailing

  • Court Reporter Sean Fewster
  • From: AdelaideNow
  • June 29, 2011 10:36AM

FAMED artist and convicted paedophile Clifford Frith has been told he deserves no mercy and must serve at least six months’ jail.

Frith, 86, of Henley Beach, looked visibly shaken as the District Court announced his sentence this morning.

His counsel had asked he be allowed to serve his sentence under home detention on his seaside property.

Judge David Smith, however, said there was no reason to show Frith leniency in light of his “odious conduct”.

“You do not accept the correctness of my verdicts (of guilt),” he said.

“You have told doctors you only pleaded guilty to (the second set of offences) because you could not stand the ongoing stress of the legal proceedings.

“Your plea for mercy is not supported by any contrition or remorse for what you have done – accordingly, there can be no mitigation.”

Frith committed acts of gross indecency against two girls at Henley Beach between January 1990 and September 1992.

He took the girls into his shed and shower, then forced them to touch his penis in what was known as “the mousey game”.

Frith has also admitted causing another girl to disrobe between January 1987 and December 1991.

Despite his pleas, court documents show Frith continues to protest his innocence.

Prosecutors say he has told “anyone who will listen” that his victims are liars who “just want his money”.

Today, Judge Smith said he paid no regard to Frith’s “tawdry allegations”.

He said Frith’s actions had permanently scarred both girls.

“Their victim impact statements brought home the damage you have done and the treacherous nature of your behaviour,” he said.

Frith’s crimes, he said, were made possible by his reputation as an artist and a teacher.

“Your good standing was, effectively, a mask for the crimes you were committing,” he said.

Judge Smith ordered Frith serve 18 months’ jail, with a six-month non-parole period.

 

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Pedophile artist Clifford Frith wants to be jailed in Henley Beach mansion

  • Court Reporter Sean Fewster
  • From: AdelaideNow
  • June 15, 2011 12:13PM

LAWYERS for pedophile artist Clifford Frith have asked his jail term be converted to home detention – and served in his seafront Henley Beach mansion.

Frith, 86, appeared in the District Court today.

He committed acts of gross indecency against two girls at Henley Beach between January 1990 and September 1992.

He took the girls into his shed and shower, then forced them to touch his penis in what was known as “the mousey game”.

Frith has also admitted causing another girl to disrobe between January 1987 and December 1991.

Today Lindy Powell, QC, for Frith, said jailing her client would be “unduly harsh”.

She said his advanced age and ill health made him eligible, under state law, to serve his penalty as home detention rather than in custody.

AdelaideNow understands Frith’s home, at Henley Beach, is a mansion with sea frontage and a built-in art studio.

Peter Longson, prosecuting, said Frith was “no different” than any other pensioner.

“His disorders of old age don’t require intensive, ongoing treatment or hospitalisation,” he said.

“There’s nothing (wrong with Frith) that can’t be dealt with under the prison health system.

“The circumstances of this case don’t come within coo-ee of being unduly harsh.”

Mr Longson said Frith’s problems were of his own making.

“He’s depressed – and if he wasn’t, there would be something wrong with him,” he said.

“He doesn’t want to spend a single day in Yatala prison, and it’s understandable that would make anyone depressed.

“Frith is no different than anyone else who sits in that dock without knowing what their future is… this court can fix his depression by sentencing him.”

Mr Longson said Frith deserved little leniency for his guilty pleas.

“Never has a person had more opportunity to show contrition, remorse or acceptance for his conduct, and that’s not happened here,” he said.

“(Frith still) has the temerity to go around and tell anyone who will listen that the victims are liars, that they just want his money, that he did nothing.

“It’s almost a tragedy that his pride is preventing him from admitting his conduct.”

Judge David Smith remanded Frith on continuing bail for sentencing in two weeks.

 

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