Taxi group says occupation ‘irrelevant’ in sex abuse case

Posted February 27, 2008 11:17:00

The Country Taxi Drivers Association says it is irrelevant that a Broome man jailed for four years for assaulting young girls was a taxi driver.

Last week, a jury found Gary John Henery, 49, guilty of five counts of sexually abusing girls aged between 10 and 13 in 2006.

The court heard Henery gave the children money which they used to buy fast food.

Yesterday, chief District Court judge Antoinette Kennedy sentenced Henery to four years jail.

He will be eligible for parole after at least one-and-a-half years.

Ross Lampard from the Country Taxi Drivers Association employed Henerey, but says his occupation is irrelevant.

“None of these offences happened while he was actually operating a taxi,” he said.

Mr Lampard believes the community trusts its taxi drivers and will view this is as an isolated case.

Paedophilia accused granted bail

Posted Mon Jul 17, 2006 4:33pm AEST

A taxi driver from Broome in Western Australia has appeared in court charged with 14 child sex offences.

Gary John Henery is accused of offering cash in exchange for sexual favours from a number of Indigenous girls, one as young as 10.

The 47-year-old was not required to enter a plea when he appeared in the Broome Magistrates Court today.

He has been released on bail to reappear in court next month.

Henery’s taxi licence has been revoked by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure while he faces the charges.


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