Geoffrey Joseph Watts

Posted: September 28, 2014 by Serendipity in Queensland
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Former Bowen councillor jailed for child sex offences committed more than 35 years ago

  • SAMANTHA HEALY
  • Townsville Bulletin
  • September 26, 2014 7:36AM

A FORMER Bowen councillor has been jailed for child sex offences committed more than 35 years ago.

A jury found Geoffrey Joseph Watts, 73, guilty of four counts of indecent dealing with a child under 14 and he was sentenced to 18 months’ jail for each offence yesterday.

Judge Kerry O’Brien ordered the sentences be served concurrently but refused to set a parole date.

“These were not isolated incidents … there were four over a period of about three months,” Judge O’Brien said.

“Your offending has had a significant effect (on the ­victim).”

Watts, who served for three decades on the Bowen and Proserpine councils, was charged after his victim came forward in 2012. The Townsville District Court was told the offences dated back to 1977 and 1978 when the victim was 10 years old and Watts was 36.

During sentencing submissions, Crown prosecutor Nathan Crane tendered a victim impact statement, and suggested a head sentence of between two and three years.

Barrister Harvey Walters, for Watts, said his client had contributed significantly to the community, and had no other convictions.

Mr Walters said the offences occurred during a period of “extreme turmoil” for Watts, who was struggling after a relationship breakdown.

Mr Walters argued heavy alcohol consumption by his client may have been a factor.

“There was no suggestion of any threats (to the child) … to remain silent,” Mr Walters said.

Mr Walters said his client was not a threat to the community, and the likelihood of Watts reoffending was low.

Judge O’Brien said he accepted that personal deterrence was not an issue, given the passage of time with no further offending by Watts, but a general deterrence was ­appropriate.

Mr Walters argued jail would have a profound effect on his client’s health.

“It is a spectacular fall from grace,” Mr Walters said.

Judge O’Brien said he accepted Watts had contributed to society, and that a jail term would impact his health.

But he said Watts had shown no remorse for his ­conduct.

He sentenced Watts based on the sentencing options available at the time of his offending, and refused to set ­parole.

“The usual parole conditions should take their course,” he said.

 

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Comments
  1. Another piss weak sentence handed down, and what does all that bullshit mean about The usual Parole conditions should take their course? Like is this dirty old man going to get out in a couple of Months? And what’s with that legal dickhead eagle saying That a jail sentence would have a profound effect on his client’s health, I wonder if he has any idea what that scumbag did to his victims health and on going mental health for their whole life? No it is all about the perpetrator never about the victim!!!!!

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