Archive for June, 2014


Newcastle Herald  -  13/6/2008  -  Page 13

Newcastle Herald – 13/6/2008 – Page 13

 

Join us on Facebook

 


Comeagain – Patrick Alfred Dennis - Photo8

 

UPDATED:  NOVEMBER 2015

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-30/sex-offender-comeagain-sentenced-for-breaching-release-order/6900996

Comeagain sentenced for breaching release orders as judge considers indefinite detention

Updated yesterday at 7:17pm

A dangerous WA sex offender has been sentenced to seven months jail for twice breaching the conditions of his release from prison.

Patrick Comeagain, who also uses the surname Merritt, used methamphetamine and failed to attend an appointment with his supervisors in June this year.

Comeagain was declared a dangerous sex offender in 2008, because of his history of convictions for sex offences against women and children.

He was released on a strict supervision order in June last year that required him to abide by more than 40 conditions.

However, he was taken back into custody in July this year when he breached the order.

Justice Ralph Simmonds was also considering whether the breaches should mean Comeagain is taken back into custody indefinitely.

He will hand down his ruling next year.

 

UPDATED: JULY 2015

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-03/dangerous-sex-offenders-in-perth-court-over-alleged-order-breach/6594258

Dangerous sex offenders front Perth court over alleged order breaches

By Joanna Menagh

Updated yesterday at 6:49pm

Two men deemed dangerous sex offenders have appeared in separate courts in Perth accused of breaching the strict terms of their release from custody.

The men were each released from prison last year after serving lengthy jail terms for sex offences.

Patrick Comeagain, who now uses the surname Merritt, has an extensive criminal history that includes offences against a nine-year-old girl in 1994 and the sexual assault of two women, whose homes he broke into in 1999.

He was declared a dangerous sex offender in 2008 and detained until August last year, when he was released by the Supreme Court on a strict supervision order.

He faced the Perth Magistrates Court today accused of failing a drug test and failing to report to authorities in May.

Comeagain was refused bail and was remanded in custody until he appears in court again next week.

The second dangerous sex offender, known only as TJD, appeared in another court accused of failing to attend two appointments last month for a blood test.

TJD has committed crimes against more than a dozen women and was declared a dangerous sex offender in 2011.

He was released in March last year on a 10-year strict supervision order, which included conditions he wear a GPS bracelet and take anti-libidinal medication.

He breached his supervision order just days after being released by not taking a diary to an appointment with his supervisors.

He subsequently pleaded guilty and was fined $300.

TJD’s lawyer told the court she would be seeking bail for her client, however the magistrate ordered that the court be closed for the hearing and the outcome is not known.

 

UDATED:  JANUARY 2015

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-14/perth-sex-offender-patrick-comeagain-helps-find-lost-children/6017012

Perth sex offender Patrick Comeagain breaches supervision order helping find lost children

Wed 14 Jan 2015, 4:33pm

A dangerous sex offender has been told by a magistrate that he acted “honourably” in helping to find two children missing in a shopping centre but that he still breached his Community Release Order.

Patrick Alfred Dennis Comeagain, 41, has an extensive criminal history that includes offences against a nine-year-old girl in 1994 and the sexual assault of two women, whose homes he broke into in 1999.

The Perth Magistrates Court was told that last October, Comeagain was approached at a mall in Perth’s north by a “hysterical” woman who asked him to help find her two children.

The court heard Comeagain, who now uses the surname Merritt, suggested that the woman check her car, where the two children were found.

She then asked Comeagain to tell them not to run off from her.

He pleaded guilty to breaching the terms of his release from prison by having contact with the two children.

However, his lawyer Mara Barone said Comeagain made a “human, appropriate, responsible and moral decision to assist the woman” whom she said had approached her client.

“She stopped him, he did not seek her out,” Ms Barone said.

Ms Barone said it was that brief contact with the children that was the breach of Comeagain’s supervision order.

“The criminality of this offence comes down to 15 to 20 seconds when their mother was present,” she said.

“He was only in contact with the children at her direct request.”

Ms Barone said Comeagain informed shopping centre security officers who he was, and that he was listed as a Dangerous Sex Offender.

“If he’d not given his name, the offence may never have been discovered,” she said.

“It was his own actions that enabled the offence to be detected.”

Ms Barone said her client also informed the Sex Offender Management Squad and those who monitor him electronically.

“This could be described as a trivial or technical breach,” she said.

Prosecutor demands substantial penalty

However the police prosecutor submitted a substantial penalty should be imposed, saying the breach indicated “a continuing defiance of his release order”.

In August last year, just two weeks after his release, he was fined $1,000 dollars for having unauthorised contact with children at a family gathering.

In sentencing, Chief Magistrate Steven Heath said Comeagain had been “faced with a very difficult choice”.

“You were aware of the conditions and restraints on you, but you were faced with a woman who lost her children,” he told him.

“She sought your assistance and you acted appropriately.

“You acted as I would hope that people who are released act … you acted honourably and honestly.”

He also noted that if it had not been for Comeagain’s own admissions, the offence may never have come to light.

The magistrate described it as a difficult sentencing exercise but decided not to fine Comeagain.

He told Comeagain that if he committed any further offences he was liable to come back to court and be re-sentenced for the breach.

 

UPDATED:  OCTOBER 2014

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/25327468/serial-rapist-back-in-court/

Serial rapist back in court for bail breach

Tim Clarke

October 23, 2014, 5:13 am

A serial rapist who sparked community outrage by dancing his way out of prison has allegedly breached his strict supervision order for a second time.

Patrick Alfred Dennis Comeagain, 41, was released in June with a list of 43 court-ordered conditions he must abide by.

He was fined $1000 in August for spending time with teenagers without advance approval.

Yesterday, he was back in Perth Magistrate’s Court charged with an undefined breach. He will appear in court on Wednesday.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-23/dangerous-sex-offender-breaches-release-conditions/5619006

Dangerous sex offender breaches release conditions

Updated 1 hour 15 minutes ago

A dangerous sex offender who was released from prison last month has been charged with breaching the conditions of his release.

Patrick Alfred Dennis Comeagain, 41, was released after 15 years in jail but placed on a strict supervision order which includes 43 conditions covering his movements.

The Department of Corrective Services confirmed Comeagain breached a condition requiring him to seek advance approval if he was to be in contact with children.

It is alleged Comeagain visited a relative’s house where children were present.

WA Police arrested and charged Comeagain for contravening the order, and he was released on bail.

“The Department and the WA Police Sex Offender Management Squad continue to manage and supervise Mr Comeagain in the community in accordance with the condition set out in his Supervision Order,” a statement from the Department said.

He is due to face the Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Comeagain’s victims included a nine-year-old girl and two women who were assaulted in their own homes.

The offences against the young girl were committed less than seven months after he was granted parole from a previous offence.

The crimes against the two women happened 34 days after he was next released.

He was initially housed in a small Wheatbelt town after his release, but authorities were forced to relocate him after public outrage from the community.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-26/dangerous-sex-offender-to-be-released/5552516

Dangerous sex offender to be released under strict supervision order

Updated 39 minutes ago

A dangerous sex offender who has spent most of his adult life behind bars has had his release approved by a Supreme Court judge in Perth.

Patrick Alfred Dennis Comeagain, 41, has a criminal history that includes offences against a nine-year-old girl in 1994 and the sexual assault of two women, whose homes he broke into in 1999.

The offences against the young girl were committed less than seven months after he was granted parole from a previous offence.

The crimes against the two women happened 34 days after he was next released.

Comeagain has been in jail since 1999 and in 2008 was declared a “dangerous sex offender” under WA’s tough sex offender laws.

Prosecutors wanted him kept behind bars and he has had his application for release rejected by the Supreme Court on four previous occasions.

Previous court hearings have been told that in the past Comeagain had tested positive for drug use in prison.

Last year Comeagain indicated he was going to take part in an intensive sex offender treatment program, to try to lower his risk of committing further sexual offence.

After an extensive hearing earlier this year, Justice Ralph Simmonds has ruled Comeagain can be released on a 10-year strict supervision order.

He has to abide by 43 conditions, including that he not possess or use any prohibited drug or alcohol, abide by a curfew, be subject to electronic monitoring and have no contact with anyone under 16 unless approved by those supervising him.

Comeagain also has to have consultations with a psychiatrist and a psychologist.

The supervision order was finalised in the Supreme Court where Comeagain appeared via video link from Casuarina Prison.

Justice Simmonds told Comeagain “the court wishes you well under this order and expects you will take full advantage of what it offers”.

Comegain replied: “I appreciate that. It has been a long time coming and I will grab this opportunity. Me and my partner have been looking forward to our next life”.

 

Join us on Facebook


Age:  59  (2014)

Location:  Perth  /  WA

Offence:  Pleaded guilty to charges arising from an international crackdown on child pornography.

Sentence:  Sentenced to 18 months in jail, nine months to be served before he can apply for parole.

Other:  Hardy’s details were found during a search of a Canadian-based website which produced child pornography.

Tens of thousands of images and hundreds of DVDs were found at his home.

 

Join us on Facebook

 


 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-14/canberra-paedophile-jailed/4572970?section=act

More jail time for Canberra paedophile

By Gordon Taylor

Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:54pm AEDT

A paedophile who committed acts of indecency on two young girls will remain in jail after being sentenced in the ACT Supreme Court.

Former University of Canberra lecturer Augusto Tamayo-del-Solar, 62, has already spent more than three years in jail waiting to be sentenced for the acts of indecency on two girls aged nine and 11.

The former Spanish teacher has also pleaded guilty to using the internet to procure one of the girls for sex.

At his work police found explicit images of Tamayo-del-Solar with the nine-year-old girl.

Today he was also sentenced for producing and possessing child pornography.

Justice Richard Refshauge told Tamayo-del-Solar that he is a paedophile and that society should protect children from his predatory behaviour.

He sentenced Tamayo-del-Solar to six years and three months jail.

He will be eligible for parole in October this year.

 

Join us on Facebook

 


Ajay Chopra 08/02/12 Pb Matt Kimpton

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-23/man-jailed-over-27palm-reading27-assaults-on-vline-trains/5544688

Man posing as palm reader jailed for sexually assaulting women on V/Line trains

Updated Mon 23 Jun 2014, 10:44pm AEST

A Bendigo man has been jailed for 21 months for sexually assaulting young women on V/Line trains while posing as a palm reader.

Ajay Chopra, 41, pleaded guilty to five charges over a series of sex assaults on trains between Bendigo and Melbourne in 2011.

The court heard Chopra would pretend to be a palm reader before grabbing the women’s hands and assaulting them.

His youngest victim was 18 years old.

“All of this was a ruse, and what you were attempting to do was either to put their hand in your crotch area or put your hand in their crotch area,” Judge Gerard Mullaly said.

Prosecutor Neil Hutton said that once Chopra had hold of a woman’s hands he would resist any efforts by them to pull away.

In one case, he held his hand under a woman’s dress; in another, he held his victim’s hand against himself.

“She could feel the man’s erect penis on the back of her hand,” Mr Hutton said.

“This activity happened for most of the trip to Bendigo, where he got off the train.

“He turned and said, ‘have a nice life’, as he did so.”

Victims left fearful of using public transport

The court was also told his victims were traumatised by the assaults and felt fearful travelling on public transport, particularly with men.

“Your offending was repetitive, escalating and persistent,” Judge Mullaly said.

“The sexual assault of fellow female passengers is shameful, dishonourable conduct. Decent men do not act like this.”

The court heard Chopra moved from India with his wife to Bendigo in 2011 and had shown no insight into, nor remorse for, his crimes, instead focusing on saving face.

Judge Mullaly said he had chosen vulnerable young victims and the nature of his offending had wider ramifications for the community.

“The fact they were conducted on public transport adds to the unfortunate sense of fear that women have that public transport is not safe.

“This fear is corrosive and impacts on women’s rights to go about their lives freely.”

Chopra was placed on the sex offenders register for life and will be eligible for parole in 10 months.

Poor court facilities prolonged suffering of victims: judge

Judge Mullaly also said the delay in the matter being resolved in the courts had prolonged the suffering for Chopra’s victims.

He added that Bendigo residents were being denied proper justice because of a lack of court facilities.

He said the public deserved to know why crimes committed in 2011 had taken so long to pass through the courts.

The case began in Bendigo but had to be moved to Melbourne because there was no suitable courtroom.

“Court facilities in Bendigo are and have been for too long inadequate to uphold the criminal justice system,” Judge Mullaly said.

Judge Mullaly said its court facilities compared badly with other regional cities in Victoria of the same size.

“It stands apart.

“It’s citizens must wait too long to have their cases heard…we must urgently investigate all possibilities to open up another courtroom in Bendigo.

“This case must prompt a re-doubling of efforts.”

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-17/bid-to-ban-media-from-train-sex-assault-case-fails/4204874

Train sex assault accused to stand trial

Updated Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:04am AEST

A Bendigo man accused of assaulting women on V/Line trains in central Victoria last year has been ordered to stand trial.

In the Bendigo Magistrates Court, Ajay Chopra, 39, has pleaded not guilty to indecently assaulting women who were passengers travelling between Bendigo and Melbourne.

After hearing evidence from some of the alleged victims, the magistrate has committed Chopra to stand trial.

An attempt to suppress publication of the case has been rejected.

The court was told Chopra is part of the small Indian community in Bendigo and further media coverage of his case could hinder his right to a fair trial.

However, the magistrate disagreed and refused the defence’s application for a blanket suppression of the case.

Chopra is due to face the County Court in Bendigo next month.

 

Join us on Facebook

 


Betteridge - Neville Gilbert - Photo.

 

UPDATE: MAY 2016

Betteridge has been arrested at his Moooloolba home & extradited to NSW. He is accused of numerous child sex offences dating back to his time as a teacher in the Blue Mountains in the 1960s. He has been refused bail.

 

UPDATE:  OCTOBER 2014

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25222668/man-convicted-of-child-abuse-applies-to-court-to-keep-pursuing-victim-mark-wurth-for-legal-costs/

Man convicted of child abuse applies to court to keep pursuing victim Mark Wurth for legal costs

By the National Reporting Team’s Lorna KnowlesOctober 9, 2014, 7:10 pm

A man convicted of child abuse is fighting a court ruling that his victim should not be forced to pay his $20,000 legal bill.

Mark Wurth was repeatedly sexually abused by his geography teacher and housemaster, Neville Gilbert Betteridge, at the Blue Mountains Grammar School in the 1970s.

In 2004, Betteridge was convicted of indecently assaulting Mr Wurth and given a three-year suspended jail term.

Seven years later, Mr Wurth sued Betteridge and the Anglican Church, which ran the school, for damages and the church paid him an out-of-court settlement.

But when he tried to withdraw his claim against Betteridge, his abuser demanded he first pay his $20,000 legal bill.

“I was just, you’re joking? You know? Like when does a victim pay a perpetrator’s costs?” Mr Wurth said.

“I was shattered and depressed, and then the more I thought about it, it made me more despondent with the legal system that they can be allowed to do this.

“It’s very similar to how I felt when he was abusing me as a kid.

“I have no control. I’m just made to do what he says. There’s nothing I can do.”

In July, a Supreme Court judge ruled that any attempt by Betteridge to pursue his victim would be a “conspicuous waste of emotional and financial resources” and made no order as to costs.

But Betteridge is now seeking leave to appeal that decision, arguing the judge considered irrelevant matters and made manifest mistakes.

Church calls on abuser to drop the claim 

The Anglican Church has called on Betteridge to drop the claim, but his barrister, Paul Glissan, told the ABC he was entitled to seek costs under court rules.

New South Wales Greens MP David Shoebridge said while the appeal was legal, it was morally questionable.Â

“When you take one step and have a look at what this man’s been through, he’s already been the subject of appalling sexual abuse and what’s happening to him now in the legal system has all the hallmarks of secondary abuse,” Mr Shoebridge said.

“This is a man who should be getting support from the legal system, not facing these endless appeals.”

Mr Shoebridge said the case highlighted the need for law reform to better protect victims of child sexual abuse.

“The core problem that this case demonstrates is there is no simple, straightforward remedy for the victims of child sexual abuse,” he said.

“Whether it is against the Catholic Church, where there’s byzantine trust structures that defend church property, or here where it is against part of the Anglican Church, and it’s the failure to be able to identify a very clear legal entity to sue.

“There must be a clear path to compensation.”

The application seeking leave to appeal will be heard early next month.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-17/judge-says-abuse-victim-doesnt-have-to-pay-abusers-legal-bill/5529426

Judge says abuse victim Mark Wurth does not have to pay abuser’s $20,000 legal bill

Updated Wed 18 Jun 2014, 12:23am AEST

A judge has ordered that a victim of child sexual abuse should not be forced to pay his abuser’s $20,000 legal bill.

Mark Wurth was repeatedly sexually assaulted by his housemaster, Neville Gilbert Betteridge, at the Blue Mountains Grammar School in the 1970s.

Years later he sued his abuser and the Anglican Church, which ran the school, for damages.

The church paid him a confidential settlement and Mr Wurth then offered to withdraw his action against Betteridge.

But as the ABC reported exclusively in April, Betteridge demanded that Mr Wurth first pay his $20,000 legal bill.

Yesterday a NSW Supreme Court judge found Mr Wurth should not be forced to pay the bill.

Justice Ian Harrison said it would a “conspicuous waste of emotional and financial resources” to allow the court case to proceed any further.

He said Mr Wurth had suffered significant stress and anxiety and did not want to go to trial.

“This may be because the prospect of doing so is emotionally difficult for him or because there is no prospect of a successful monetary or financial outcome,” Justice Harrison said.

He granted Mr Wurth’s application to discontinue the case and made no order as to costs.

“I am relieved that this is over and I don’t have to be subjected to any cost claims from Neville Betteridge, a predator,” Mr Wurth said.

“However, I was letting Neville Betteridge off any further litigation due to him having no finances, so I have been put though a lot by his legal team in their grubby grab for money.”

Mr Wurth was 14 when he was first assaulted by Betteridge.

“He was coming into the dormitory through the infirmary of a night and taking me from my bed back to his room,” Mr Wurth told the ABC earlier this year.

“He was a very big drinker. Cigarettes and alcohol were involved every single time.”

In 2004, Betteridge was convicted of two counts of indecent assault on Mr Wurth and was given a three-year suspended jail term.

Seven years later, Mr Wurth sued the Anglican Church Diocese and Betteridge in the NSW Supreme Court.

Legal action ‘felt very similar’ to childhood abuse

After the church settled and he offered to withdraw the case against Betteridge, Mr Wurth was shocked to receive a letter from Betteridge’s lawyers, demanding that he pay their client’s legal costs.

“I was just [saying] you’re joking, you know, like when does a victim pay a perpetrator’s costs?” Mr Wurth said.

“Then it got into the legalities of the whole thing and I just found it traumatising again that he’s demanding I do that.

“It feels very similar to how I felt when he was abusing me as a kid. I’ve got no control. I’m just made to do what he says, in effect. There’s nothing I can do.

“The settlement I got from the Anglican Church is just getting eaten away. It seems like the settlement was just here to feed the legal profession.”

Betteridge’s barrister Paul Glisson said his client was entitled to seek costs under part 42, rule 19 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005.

“Mr Betteridge has a right to get his costs under the rule, unless the court orders otherwise,” Mr Glisson said.

“Mr Wurth has been compensated by the Victim’s Compensation Tribunal and by the church and he has decided to bring an action against a 70-year-old pensioner with no assets.”

The Anglican Church had called on Betteridge to drop his claim against Mr Wurth, describing the predicament as “absurd”.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-14/ex-teacher-who-abused-student-pursues-victim-for-compensation/5389200

Former Blue Mountains teacher who sexually abused student pursues victim for $20,000 in legal costs

Updated Tue 15 Apr 2014, 6:48am AEST

A former school teacher who sexually abused his student is now pursuing his victim for almost $20,000 in legal costs.

The teacher, who was employed at the Blue Mountains Grammar School in the early 1970s, was convicted for molesting his former student, but he now wants him to pay his legal bill.

Mark Wurth was repeatedly abused at the school by the then-house master and geography teacher, Neville Gilbert Betteridge.

“He was coming into the dormitory through the infirmary of a night and taking me from my bed back to his room,” Mr Wurth told the ABC.

“He was a very big drinker. Cigarettes and alcohol were involved every single time.”

In 2004, Betteridge was convicted of two counts of indecent assault on Mr Wurth and was given a three-year suspended jail term.

Seven years later, Mr Wurth decided to sue the Anglican Church Diocese, which ran the school at the time, and Betteridge for damages.

The church paid Mr Wurth an out-of-court settlement and Mr Wurth then offered to withdraw the action against Betteridge.

He was shocked to receive a letter from Betteridge’s lawyers demanding that he pay the former school teacher’s legal costs.

“I was just [saying] ‘You’re joking, you know, like when does a victim pay a perpetrator’s costs?'” Mr Wurth said.

“Then it got into the legalities of the whole thing and I just found it traumatising again, that he’s demanding I do that.

“It feels very similar to how I felt when he was abusing me as a kid.

“I got no control. I’m just made to do what he says, in effect. There’s nothing I can do.

“The settlement I got from the Anglican Church is just getting eaten away. It seems like the settlement was just here to feed the legal profession.”

Betteridge declined to comment, but his barrister Paul Glisson said his client was entitled to seek costs under part 42, rule 19 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005.

“Mr Betteridge has a right to get his costs under the rule, unless the court orders otherwise,” Mr Glisson said.

“Mr Wurth has been compensated by the Victim’s Compensation Tribunal and by the Church and he has decided to bring an action against a 70-year-old pensioner with no assets.”

The Anglican Church is calling on Betteridge to drop his claim against Mr Wurth, describing his predicament as “absurd”.

“We would like to express our total abhorrence of sexual misconduct or any form of abuse involving children. In this case, the pain and distress of these incidents are obvious long after the events took place,” a spokesman said in a statement to the ABC.

“We hope that the settlement we have reached on Mr Wurth’s claim may provide a measure of closure for him.

“However, it seems absurd there is now an action by the perpetrator to recover costs from the victim in relation to the separate claim made against him.

“We would urge that this action be dropped and Mr Wurth be spared further anguish in court proceedings.”

Anglican Church using Ellis defence, says MP

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge has been supporting Mr Wurth through his legal case.

Mr Shoebridge said before settling, the Anglican Church had relied on the so-called “Ellis defence”, arguing it was not a legal entity which could be sued.

“I am pretty sure most people would have thought some of these legal defences are being limited to the Catholic Church,” Mr Shoebridge said.

“What we have seen here, astoundingly, is the Anglican Church using the exact same legal shenanigans, legal ruse, to avoid paying fair compensation. They are saying that the school doesn’t exist in law.”

He was also alarmed that the Church said it did not have insurance to cover Mr Wurth’s claim.

“It is surprising the State Government hasn’t recognised the extent of the problem and be demanding all private schools, all Catholic schools, all independent schools as a basic element to their registration have adequate insurance or adequate assets to meet these claims,” Mr Shoebridge said.

“Because without that comfort it is difficult to see how anyone can rest assured when they leave their kids over the school day.”

Push for law reform for child sexual abuse victims

Senior Sydney barrister, Dr Andrew Morrison SC, is also pushing for law reform to protect victims of child sexual abuse.

Dr Morrison is head of the Australian Lawyers Alliance, which has made a submission to the royal commission on child sexual abuse titled Obstacles in the Way of Bringing Common Law Claims.

“There must be a legal entity capable of being sued, in respect of all organisations, of substantial size, which care for children,” Dr Morrison said.

“There must be in respect of organisations such as the Catholic Church, which has avoided its liability through the Ellis defence in the past, a period when the limitation problem is lifted to allow former claimants to sue.

“The legal entity which is created must exist retrospectively so that unlike the offer that Cardinal [George] Pell made at the royal commission that would create an entity for the future, the thousands of victims who have come forward to the royal commission will have a remedy.”

 

Join us on Facebook


 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-02/man-given-bond-for-assault-of-disabled-woman/4172146

Man gets bond for disabled woman’s assault

Updated Thu 2 Aug 2012, 1:36pm AEST

A man who indecently assaulted a disabled woman has been given a suspended jail sentence by the Adelaide District Court.

Shivam Kohli, 22, assaulted the wheelchair-bound woman at a city motel in April last year.

He was accused of two counts of rape, but pleaded guilty to lesser charges during his trial.

Judge Steven Millsteed said Kohli had pretended to be romantically interested in the woman for his own pathetic sexual gratification.

A three-year good behaviour bond was imposed.

 

Join us on Facebook