Allan John Hopkins

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/01/28/2803531.htm?site=local

Anger erupts as girl’s rapist gets 7 years

By Candice Marcus

Posted January 28, 2010 11:21:00
Updated January 28, 2010 12:53:0

A courtroom has erupted into screams of abuse as a man was given a non-parole term of seven years for abducting a child from her house and raping her.

Allan John Hopkins, 30, was led quickly from the dock of the District Court in Adelaide as a big group of the girl’s family screamed abuse at him from the public gallery.

Hopkins had pleaded guilty to the attack but was unable to provide the court with an explanation of why he took the 10-year-old girl after breaking into her house at Paralowie to steal a handbag, in November 2007.

He took the girl while she was sleeping next to a young friend and raped and left her near a schoolyard in the area.

Hopkins was caught after using a credit card he stole from the house.

‘Reprehensible’

Judge David Lovell sentenced him to 10-and-a-half years with a non-parole period of seven years.

He described the man’s behaviour as “reprehensible”.

“To kidnap a young girl from the security of her own house simply cannot be tolerated by the community,” he said.

“The victim said you carried her in your arms and ran out of the house with your hand over her mouth. You forced her to walk to a nearby school … that’s when you started the sexual offending.

“You then ran off and left her near the school. The victim who was only aged 10 [was forced] to make her own way to the house in the dark.”

The girl’s family, wearing purple ribbons because it is her favourite colour, expressed huge disappointment with the sentence.

Hopkins, a father of three, was visibly distressed during the hearing.

Judge Lovell said, had it not been for the guilty plea and time already served in custody, he would have imposed a head sentence on Hopkins of 14 years and a non-parole period of 12 years.

 

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,26645546-2682,00.html

Family hurls abuse at girl’s abductor

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KEN MCGREGOR, COURT REPORTER

January 28, 2010 11:34am

EMOTIONS have erupted at the District Court as family members of a sexually abused girl shouted death threats at the man who abducted and molested her.

Allan John Hopkins, 31, had pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, and one count each of aggravated serious criminal trespass and kidnapping at Paralowie, in November 2007.

Today, members of the girl’s family – who was 10 when Hopkins abducted her from her house and abused her at a nearby school – screamed insults immediately after his sentencing.

One supporter screamed “you are a mongrel, you ruined a young girl’s bloody life” while another yelled “you will get your’s you f–ing dog, you are dead.”

Courts sheriffs officers had to stand between the supporters and Hopkins as he was taken from the dock and into the holding cells.

During the sentencing the girl was overcome and had to be carried from the courtroom.

Outside court, the girl’s uncle said Hopkin’s 12 year jail sentence was too lenient and did not send a strong enough message to the community.

“We were hoping he would get 15-20 years,” he said

“My niece has got to live with this for the rest of her life. He can get out and enjoy the rest of his life.

He said he would be “devastated’ to be in the position, as Hopkin’s is, of a child sex offender who is imprisoned.

“People need to find out who he is and what he is and what he is about.

“I hope he gets his just desserts.”

He said Hopkins should have got a longer sentence because the courts must “look after our children.”

“The longer he spends in jail, the safer we are,” he said.

Outside court, the girl’s great aunty said she wanted to “throttle” Hopkins for what he had done to her niece.

“What he done to my niece, my little great niece… that’s the most terrible thing he done, he destroyed that little girl’s life,” she said.

“I feel like I want to get hold of him and throttle the bloody life out of him, that is just how I feel.

“It’s heartbreaking to see that dog get away with it, that’s all I can say.”

The girl’s mother said she “disappointed” Hopkins was only sentenced to 12 years jail with a non parole period of eight years and six months.

She said the sentence did not reflect justice for her daughter and something, somewhere must have gone wrong in the system for it to be so lenient.

 

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,,26601380-2682,00.html

Evil night of ‘a parent’s worst nightmare’

KEN MCGREGOR, COURT REPORTER

January 18, 2010 12:11pm

A PREDATOR committed a “parent’s worst nightmare” when he abducted a girl from her bedroom and sexually abused her at a school, a court has heard.

In a victim impact statement read to the District Court today, the victim, aged 10 when she was adducted, said she is emotionally scarred from Allan John Hopkins’ crimes.

“Every now and then it will come back to me and I will get shivers especially when I go past (the crime scene),” she said.

“I was very scared and I did not want to go sleep, I was too scared to go outside.”

A father of three, Hopkins, 30, had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and one count each of aggravated serious criminal trespass and kidnapping at Paralowie.

Despite her young age and the serious crimes committed against her, the girl said she was finding the strength to move past that horrific night in November 2007.

“At home, it was not the same because of my problems with sleeping.

“I do not think about what he (Hopkins) did anymore, I do not need to be scared anymore.

The court also heard a statement written by the girl’s mother.

She said she “could not believe that someone could do this” to her daughter.

“When I found out what happened to her I held her and did not want to let her go,” she said.

“I was afraid that if I closed my eyes she may not be there when I woke.

“I am afraid that when she grows up it will affect her more. Right now she really wants to be normal.”

Brian Deegan, for Hopkins, said his client had written to him describing how disgusted at himself he was for what he had done – especially considering his children were of a similar age to the victim.

“I put myself in their (the family’s) shoes everyday and think what I would do if I were them, the hate is indescribable… I am everything I hate, it (the crime) becomes so contradictory to me.” the letter reads.

Mr Deegan said his client’s crime was “abhorrent” and a “parent’s worst nightmare” but asked judge David Lovell not to sentence Hopkins to a “crushing” term of imprisonment.

Judge Lovell remanded Hopkins in custody to be sentenced later this month.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/08/07/2327533.htm

Prison phone calls raised at court hearing

Posted Thu Aug 7, 2008 2:29pm AEST

Prosecutors say they will use telephone calls made from prison as their argument against bail for a man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a 10-year-old girl last year.

She was allegedly taken from her home at Paralowie in Adelaide last November and sexually assaulted.

Allan John Hopkins, 29, has admitted using a banking card taken from the girl’s house the same night, but says he found it in the street.

Prosecutor Tim Heffernan has told the District Court he has transcripts of phone conversations made to Hopkins’s former partner, Brooke Taylor.

He has not elaborated.

Mr Heffernan says Ms Taylor will be a key prosecution witness and fears for her safety if Hopkins is released from custody.

But defence lawyer Mark Love says Ms Taylor’s evidence may also be used in Hopkins’s defence.

The bail hearing will be next week.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/15/2626635.htm

Guilty plea over child rape

Posted Wed Jul 15, 2009 2:00pm AEST
Updated Wed Jul 15, 2009 2:08pm AEST

A Paralowie man has pleaded guilty in Adelaide’s District Court to the abduction and rape of a 10-year-old girl in 2007.

Allan John Hopkins, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping, one count of aggravated serious criminal trespass in a place of residence and two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a person aged under 14.

Police had alleged he broke into a Paralowie home in November 2007 and abducted the girl and assaulted her.

Judge David Lovell adjourned the hearing until October for sentencing submissions.

 

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