Eamon Merritt Sumner

Posted: August 17, 2014 by Serendipity in Photo, South Australia
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Sumner – Eamon Merritt - Photo2

 

UPDATED:  NOVEMBER 2015

Justice Nicholson has sentenced Sumner to six years’ jail with a non-parole period of five years & six months.

 

UPDATED:  AUGUST 2015

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-14/man-who-tried-kidnap-at-high-risk-of-sexual-offending-court-told/6698466

Eamon Merritt Sumner will always have high risk of sexual offending, psychologist tells court

Posted 14 Aug 2015, 3:38pm

An Adelaide man convicted of bashing and trying to kidnap a 70-year-old woman will always have a high risk of sexual offending, a court has been told.

Eamon Merritt Sumner was found guilty of ambushing his victim and stepping on her face when she refused to get into his car boot in Saint Agnes in 2012.

The victim had been walking her dog during the day at the time of the attack.

Judge Wayne Chivell found Sumner guilty of attempted kidnapping and causing harm with intent in May last year.

The case was moved to the Supreme Court for Justice Kevin Nicholson to decide the 30-year-old’s penalty, based on his willingness to control his sexual urges.

During sentencing submissions, forensic psychologist Jules Begg told the court that Sumner’s prospects of rehabilitation were poor, given his history of offences and failure to recognise them.

Justice Nicholson said his finding on the matter would be difficult to determine as he was not involved in the original trial and did not hear any testimonies from the victim or Sumner himself.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-13/man-guilty-attempted-abduction-elderly-woman-sexual-predator/5668742

SA man guilty of attempted abduction of an elderly woman could be deemed a sexual predator

By James Hancock

Wed 13 Aug 2014, 6:27pm

The Supreme Court will consider whether a man found guilty of trying to abduct an elderly woman should be deemed a sexual predator.

Eamon Merritt Sumner, 29, was found guilty in May of attempting to abduct the 70-year-old at St Agnes in 2012.

The District Court heard she had been walking her dog and was ambushed by Sumner, who tried to force her into a car boot.

She resisted and Sumner slammed her head into the ground and stomped on her face.

Today, a judge backed a prosecution application to refer the case to the Supreme Court where it will be alleged that Sumner is incapable or unwilling to control his sexual instincts.

Sumner had previously been jailed for offences against women, including indecent assault.

Prosecutor Melissa Wilkinson said that given his criminal history, there could be little doubt he intended to sexually assault the woman.

“Previous psychological reports have said Sumner clearly has a sexual propensity that requires treatment,” she said.

Ms Wilkinson told the court that Sumner may be unwilling or incapable of controlling his sexual instincts.

If successful, the application would mean Sumner would be held in prison until at least two qualified medical practitioners agreed he was no longer a risk to the community.

The matter was referred to the Supreme Court to be heard at a later date.

The woman, now 72, had previously told the hearing she was approached from behind.

“As I got near the front of the car he came behind me and put one arm across me and the other over my mouth and then started to drag me back over the grass towards the back of the car,” she said.

“Because he pulled me backwards, I lost balance so I was just trying to keep my balance as he dragged me to the back of the car.

“He tried to put me in the boot, he got hold of me. I was wearing a jacket, he got hold of the jacket and was pushing the top of my body into the car, into the boot.”

The woman told the court she grabbed her attacker’s clothing to try to stop him pushing her completely into the boot.

“I grabbed hold of his hoodie at the neck [and] hung on for dear life. I just hung on so he couldn’t push me any further in because if he did he would have to go in as well.”

The woman was treated in hospital for cuts and bruises to her face, head, back, arms and legs and got a dislocated finger when the attacker pulled her hand away from his clothes.

The woman said she remembered seeing the same man about 15 minutes earlier at a nearby car wash and recognised him immediately when police included his image in a photo line-up of 12 men.

 

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