Murray Schipp

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Murray Schipp’s sex assault appeal fails


22 Apr, 2011 04:00 AM

Convicted sex offender Murray Schipp’s bid for freedom over a series of aggravated indecent assault charges has failed.

The Illawarra amateur actor was taken into custody yesterday for the second time after convictions were confirmed in an all-grounds appeal in Wollongong District Court.

Schipp was appealing against the decision and penalty given by magistrate Michael Stoddart last year, finding him guilty of indecently assaulting four teenage girls.

Judge Paul Conlon yesterday described the Crown case against Schipp as “overwhelming” despite the fact he had a clean record.

Judge Conlon remanded Schipp until the severity component of the appeal was decided because he said “jail was inevitable”.

Schipp, 50, formerly of Wollongong and Port Kembla, was convicted in October of several counts of aggravated indecent assault as well as one count each of common assault and aggravated indecency.

The convictions relate to incidents when Schipp indecently touched five girls who stayed at his home between January 2007 and June 2009.

He was sentenced to four years with a non-parole period of two years.

Schipp initially denied all charges but later pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting one of the girls in March 2009, saying he was under the influence of cocaine at the time.

His barrister April Francis earlier argued there was a degree of concoction and interference between the complainants, claiming the girls fabricated their stories about the assaults after hearing another complainant’s allegation.

She also raised inconsistencies with the complainants and other witnesses’ evidence about the incidents.

Judge Conlon yesterday said he read the transcripts and viewed recordings of their evidence several times.

“Like the magistrate, on my examination of the evidence, I have to rule out concoction between the complainants,” he said.

He said in cases like this it was rare for there not to be differences and inconsistencies in evidence “but in this case these are rather insignificant”.

Schipp’s previous good character and clean record were also raised in the defence argument.

“The court is entitled to take this into account because it may make it more likely the accused is telling the truth, if the court gives it such weight,” Judge Conlon said.

However, he said it was not a defence because people did commit crimes for the first time despite previous good character.

Schipp has already spent two weeks in custody in relation to the charges.

The severity component of the appeal was put over for a date to be set.


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