Henry “Harry” Alfred Anning

Posted: June 4, 2014 by Serendipity in NSW, Photo
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Serial paedophile Henry Anning’s jail sentence brings solace at last

IT has spread over 12 years, included more than 80 court appearances, two criminal trials, survived a political storm  that saw charges dropped and reinstated, and experienced the extraordinary case in which  the accused’s dementia diagnosis was later overturned.

The sentencing of serial paedophile Henry ‘‘Harry’’ Anning last Friday ended one of the longest and most controversial child-sex cases in the state’s history, and left his five victims and unknown others with a relief they had been seeking since his initial arrest in 2002.

One of Anning’s victims, Gordon Green, on Tuesday bravely decided to publicly condemn his attacker and the judicial process  that saw him and others remain trapped in a nightmare.

‘‘It was ridiculous. The personal pain and trauma it has put all the victims through is tantamount to cruel and unusual punishment over an extended period of time,’’ Mr Green said.

‘‘Not only have we had to deal with what Harry did, we have also had to deal with what the judicial process did.’’

Anning groomed boys over three decades by taking them to the Newcastle Speedway at Tomago and allowing them to drive cars and motorbikes on properties at Morisset, Wyee, Freemans Waterhole, Bonnells Bay and Warnervale.

Last December, the then 81-year-old was convicted of 11 charges in the 1970s and 1980s that included the sexual abuse of five boys, aged 11 to 15, and attempted sex with a German shepherd dog in front of an 11-year-old.

And last Friday, he was sentenced to 12 years’ jail with a non-parole period of eight-and-a-half years.

With time already served, Anning will be eligible for parole in October, 2017.

He was first arrested in 2002 before a series of fitness hearings ended with the charges not being pursued when defence experts argued that the ageing Lake Macquarie man had a severe back injury  that made it impossible for him to sit for more than two hours.

The charges were later reinstated but Anning’s defence successfully argued in 2008 that he was suffering from dementia and would never be fit to stand trial.

A special hearing before a judge only in 2009 heard the allegations and Anning was convicted and sentenced to 12 years.

But in an extraordinary step in 2012, Anning’s defence successfully argued that he was no longer suffering dementia and a trial was ordered.

It meant each victim, who had spent time in the witness box during the 2009 special hearing, had to give evidence and be cross-examined on their experiences again.

‘‘There were times when I really wanted to put my hands up and say I have had enough,’’ Mr Green said.

‘‘The damage is done to me personally but if we make sure this pain does not happen to anyone else who may have to go through the legal process then it is worth it.

‘‘We have suffered through two trials and one mistrial, we have had Anning yell personal attacks at us in the court – even on Friday he didn’t show any remorse.

‘‘The way it has been handled is just disgusting.’’

Mr Green said there was some relief the process now appeared to be over.

‘‘Relief it was over. Relief the judge didn’t  release  him. Relief I can get on with my life,’’ he said.

Relief and anger. There are many more victims out there who will hopefully see he has been convicted and hopefully it might help them as well.

Another victim, who wished to  stay anonymous, said he felt  the process would never end.

‘‘It was a complete joke that just dragged on and on and on. Someone should be found accountable for this,’’ the victim said.

‘‘If he gets out then the nightmare will continue until he is in a box.’’


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  1. Anne Wills says:

    Gordon Green you have shown tremendous courage to speak publicly. I know I have been there. But be very aware they may appear to work alone but it is not always the case. The paedophile network interferes in your jobs and other parts of your life long after the trial, it’s frightening. If they can’t intimidate you in to not testifying they will make up for it by making your life hell afterwards. Strange one never hears about this aspect in any inquiries. I give permission for Gordon Green to be given my contact details. I would also like to set up a support group for victims by victims.

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