Peter Michael Liddy

Posted: December 17, 2012 by Serendipity in Photo, South Australia
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Picture: Martin Jacka Source: The Advertiser

Picture: Martin Jacka    Source: The Advertiser

District Court of South Australia set to return seized treasures to paedophile Peter Liddy

  • by: Chief Court Reporter Sean Fewster
  • From: adelaidenow
  • March 06, 2013 11:38AM

INFAMOUS paedophile and former magistrate Peter Liddy is set to regain the remains of his $1.3 million fortune – despite his victims receiving just $10,000 compensation.

SA Police today asked the District Court to draft orders allowing it to release rare coins, firearms and maritime artefacts from its evidence lockers.

Those items, once collected by Liddy, were seized by police during the investigation and prosecution of his horrid crimes against children.

Because they were in police care, the items were exempt from compensation claims made by Liddy’s victims.

Now they are considered to be “lost and unclaimed” goods that, by law, should be returned to their original owner.

Liddy, 63, abused junior lifesavers between 1983 and 1986 while serving as a magistrate and is serving a 25-year term in Mount Gambier Prison.

A freezing order was placed on his $1.3 million estate – he was, however, allowed to access his money to pay legal costs.

In 2002, The Advertiser reported the fortune had been reduced to $317,000.

By 2007 it had dwindled to $30,000 and by 2010 it was valued at just $15,000.

Meanwhile, a six-way war broke out in the District Court over ownership of Liddy’s 2000-piece collection of mementos.

Convicted fraudster Terry Stephens – who bought Liddy’s mansion, Shenandoah, in 2002 – and the company liquidating Stephens’ former business, staked claims.

So did three men who claimed they bought Liddy’s antique weapons, and the State and Federal Governments.

At the time, Liddy sent a letter to the court saying he had no interest in joining the dispute.

In 2009, Judge Julie McIntyre gave the guns to the men.

Items including silver coins and a knife handle from Dutch shipwrecks in Australian waters were given to the Heritage Department.

Judge McIntyre ordered other property remain in police custody until the victims’ compensation claims against Liddy were resolved.

In 2011, Liddy won a permanent stay of a second trial, on charges of sexually assaulting boys at Adelaide beaches between 1969 and 1983.

The Advertiser subsequently revealed Liddy’s victims were ineligible for the maximum $50,000 Criminal Injuries Compensation pay-out.

Because they were abused in the 1980s, the men were entitled only to the $10,000 maximum applicable at that time.

Commissioner for Victim’s Rights Michael O’Connell intervened in the matter to help the victims gain as much compensation as possible.

Today, Judge McIntyre was told all of the victims’ claims had been settled.

She heard three parties continued to dispute possession of the remainder of the fortune.

SA Police wanted to release all items, the Federal Government wanted the maritime artefacts and Channel 7 wanted 25 of the items.

Peter Campbell, for the network, said those items were uncovered not by police investigators, but by Channel 7 reporters.

“We are seeking these items not for Channel 7, but for the victims themselves,” he said.

“Our intention is to bring them back together in order to make them available to the victims as (further) compensation.”

Judge McIntyre said the court had received a letter from Liddy, saying he wanted the items back.

Mr Campbell said that was unacceptable.

“The timing is certainly convenient,” he said.

“Having staved off prosecution and starved the victims out of compensation, he now says he wouldn’t mind having the items back.”

Judge McIntyre said there was a “clear need” for a further hearing, and adjourned the case until next month.

Convicted paedophile Peter Liddy’s victims win compensation

  • Court Reporter Andrew Dowdell
  • AdelaideNow
  • July 25, 2012 9:30PM

ONE of the state’s longest-running legal sagas has ended, with lawyers for paedophile magistrate Peter Liddy agreeing to compensation payouts for his victims.

Liddy’s victims lodged compensation claims in 2001 and have watched as his fortune dwindled from $1.3 million to just $15,000 by June 2010, because of legal fees associated with his criminal trial and appeal.

Two victims and five other men who claimed to have been abused by Liddy will be awarded undisclosed damages after the settlement in the District Court earlier this month.

Liddy, 63, is serving a 25-year sentence, one of the biggest sentences imposed for paedophilia in the state’s history.

The victims were entitled to just $10,000 in criminal injuries compensation because the offences occurred in the 1980s, before laws changed allowing a maximum of $50,000 for similar compensation.

Commissioner for Victims Rights Michael O’Connell acted as an intermediary between the parties to help achieve a resolution to the long-running case.

Mr O’Connell said the victims were frustrated or angry that the civil case took more than a decade to resolve.

“Some felt that the delay added further to their sense of injustice,” Mr O’Connell said.

Mr O’Connell’s intervention helped lead to the Attorney-General exercising discretion and approving ex gratia payments to each victim.

“Furthermore, as Commissioner, given how exceptional these cases are and the need to finalise them, I paid the lawyers’ fees that the victims owed for the civil prosecutions and some of the costs associated with the victim-compensation claims,” Mr O’Connell said.

Tim Bourne, the lawyer representing the plaintiffs, said all were pleased it was over.

In June 2010, Liddy won a permanent stay of a second trial on charges of sexually assaulting boys at Adelaide beaches between 1969 and 1983 when he was in charge of boys involved in surf lifesaving clubs.

Paedophile Peter Liddy fears prison attack

  • by: Andrew Dowdell
  • From: Sunday Mail (SA)
  • December 10, 2011 10:00PM

FOR 10 years he has been alone with his thoughts in a windowless cell without a single visitor.

But now, disgraced paedophile magistrate Peter Liddy is “terrified” he will be attacked by fellow inmates after prison authorities moved him from solitary confinement in the state’s highest security wing to Mt Gambier’s jail.

Liddy, who is less than halfway through serving a 25-year prison term for child sex offences in the 1980s, was last month transferred from Yatala Labour Prison’s notorious G Division – where he spent more than a decade in isolation.

The former magistrate (pictured) sought and received a protection order under the Correctional Services Act when he was jailed in 2001, and has consistently resisted moves to integrate him with other inmates.

However, the protection order was revoked by the Corrections Department last month, leading to Liddy’s transfer.

Department chief executive Peter Severin declined to comment on whether the move had been made against the paedophile’s wishes.

“G Division is the state’s maximum security unit and prisoner placement in that unit is regularly reviewed,” Mr Severin said.

“Prisoner Liddy has been assessed as suitable to be placed in another location which is consistent with his assessed risk and needs.”

Sources say Liddy, 66, is “terrified” that he will be forced into contact with other prisoners inside the Mt Gambier prison, where he is still segregated from other inmates.

During court hearings last year to have further child-sex charges against him permanently stayed, Liddy’s lawyers outlined the impact which a decade in solitary confinement had wrought on their client.

He was diagnosed with sensory deprivation syndrome and a dementia syndrome of depression from years of noise inside G Division, which has inmates considered at risk of harm from themselves or others, as well as others deemed too dangerous to be in the general population.

Liddy was among the longest-serving inmates in G Division, behind convicted murderer Michael Barry Fyfe, who has spent almost 15 years in solitary confinement.

Other than his lawyers, the court heard Liddy had never had a visitor.

Liddy spent up to 23 hours a day alone in his 3m x 2m concrete cell with no window and performed duties in the prison laundry.

Judge Kevin Nicholson, when ruling that further child sex allegations from the 1960s to 1980s should be permanently stayed, said that Liddy was the target of abuse from other prisoners who passed by his cell or the laundry while he was working.

“He is consistently reviled by all prisoners with whom he has indirect contact and frequently is the subject of significant verbal abuse and intimidation including death threats,” Judge Nicholson found.

A source told the Sunday Mail  the former magistrate should not be exposed to other inmates because there was a line-up in the prison system to “be the first to get to Liddy”.

Liddy’s health and mental state have deteriorated markedly since his imprisonment after being convicted of five counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a child under 12, four counts of indecent assault and one count of attempting to bribe one of his victims into not giving evidence.

The former magistrate committed the offences against nippers at the Brighton Surf Lifesaving club in the mid 1980s.

Further alleged victims came forward over offences allegedly committed between 1969 and 1983 – offences which fell outside the former statute of limitations for sex offences before it was abolished by the State Government.

Liddy will be eligible to apply for parole in 2019 and will complete his sentence in 2026 – when he will be 81.

Liddy did study on child sex

  • From: The Advertiser
  • September 25, 2010 12:01am

PAEDOPHILE magistrate Peter Liddy forensically studied cases of child sex abuse while perpetrating deviant acts against young boys, it can be revealed.

The Advertiser  has learnt Liddy, who is serving a 25-year jail sentence for sexually abusing young surf lifesavers, wrote an extensive report for a criminological journal detailing his findings.

Lengthy excerpts from the report were published in September 1978, when Liddy was the magistrate for the South Coast, including Victor Harbor, where he raped boys.

Liddy, who described himself in the report as Australia’s youngest criminologist, said it was the first attempt to research the extent of child sex abuse in SA.

The study involved the detailed examination of 60 men who had been convicted of 124 child-sex offences against 94 boys over a five-year period – and what the sexual activity involved.

“Every conceivable variety of assault was performed on the children,” it said.

Liddy examined where the sex occurred, finding that most took place at the offenders’ homes. Liddy also gathered information on the age, marital status, place of birth, occupation, education and criminal history of each of the paedophiles.

He studied their relationships with their victims, with a particular focus on the ages of the children and how they were groomed for sex, with some allegedly being “willing” participants.

“The finding that a majority of the victims were willing may seem unbelievable but it confirms findings in several overseas studies” Liddy wrote.

Liddy, who sexually abused nippers from an Adelaide surf club, warned parents to be wary of youth groups and social clubs because some children “are more susceptible to affection offered by an adult in the group”.

He also believed the true extent of child-sex offenders within the state would never be known. “There are hundreds of such people within our community … ”

Liddy was jailed in 2001 for 25 years, with an 18-year non-parole period, after a Supreme Court jury found him guilty of six counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, three counts of indecent assault and bribing a victim not to testify.,27574,25094346-2682,00.html

Disgraced magistrate Peter Liddy considering appeal

Article from: The Advertiser


February 23, 2009 02:17pm

DISGRACED magistrate Peter Liddy is considering an appeal against his pedophile convictions because of “fresh evidence”, the District Court has heard.

The 62-year-old has yet to enter pleas to charges of unlawful sexual intercourse, gross indecency and indecent assault.

Prosecutors will allege he sexually assaulted boys at Seacliff, Noarlunga, Brighton, Maslin’s Beach and other places.

The 10 charges date back to January 1969 and continue through to January 1981.

Liddy was jailed in 2001 for 25 years for numerous child sex offences – also dating back to 1969 – and of offering a benefit to a witness.

Today David Stokes, for Liddy, said the former magistrate was considering an appeal against those convictions.

“It’s (based on) fresh evidence, matters that were disclosed to Liddy a fortnight ago,” he said.

“It would be appropriate, in those circumstances, that this hearing be deferred until that matter has concluded because the police officers involved in (the previous) matter would also be relevant to the current matters.”

Judge Paul Rice remanded Liddy in custody until March.

Liddy child sex case delayed

Posted Mon Nov 3, 2008 1:07pm AEDT

A former Adelaide magistrate has had his child sex charge case delayed to allow for a mental health assessment.

Peter Michael Liddy, 64, faces two counts of indecent assault, three counts of procuring an act of gross indecency, one count of gross indecency and four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse.

Liddy was due to answer the charges but his lawyer told the court that a psychological report could not be conducted until early December.

The case was adjourned until mid-December.


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