Anton Starling

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Former Joico haircare tycoon Anton Starling appeals sex tape evidence

  • Exclusive by Lisa Davies Chief Court Reporter
  • From: The Daily Telegraph
  • September 19, 2011 12:00AM

FORMER haircare tycoon Anton Starling is appealing against his conviction for sexual abuse, claiming a recording of him and his underage victim should never have been admitted as evidence against him.

Starling, serving at least 10 years for the persistent sexual abuse of a young girl, was in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal fighting to have his conviction overturned, or his sentence reduced.

Lawyers for the 60-year-old, who made his fortune distributing  Joico hair products in Australia, last week argued 15 grounds of appeal and also disputed the length of his sentence.

Starling was found guilty early last year of sexually assaulting the girl, who had told the jury of at least 20 occasions she was molested between 2002 and 2007.

The young woman, who cannot be identified, told the jury he began abusing her on his farm near Bathurst when she was just 11, taking her to an isolated barn, an olive grove and a cottage separate from the main house.

But Starling’s barrister Tim Game SC argued a crucial piece of evidence, an audio recording she made of Starling that helped secure his conviction, was illegally obtained and should therefore not have been admitted.

Mr Game said the trial judge had applied the wrong test, and added that the victim’s mother was present when it was made.


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