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Age:   33

Location:   Canberra ACT,  Sunshine Coast, QLD

Offence:   Pleaded guilty to four charges connected with the use of the victim – then aged 15 and 16 – for the production of child pornography, and was found guilty of another seven charges which related to sexual intercourse and acts of indecency with the victim when she was 15.

Sentence:  Sentenced to three-year good behaviour order by the ACT Supreme Court.

Other:   Now living on the Sunshine Coast. On Tinder using the name Leigh.

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Meyboom has appeared on a charge of committing an act of indecency in the presence of a child aged under 16.

He did not enter a plea, did not apply for bail, and no further information was presented in court.

He is listed to reappear before the court next month.

Jail term ‘manifestly inadequate’

By Elizabeth Byrne

Updated August 04, 2012 10:53:23

The ACT Court of Appeal has been told a jail sentence imposed on a man found guilty of sexual assault is manifestly inadequate.

The ACT’s Director of Public Prosecutions Jon White is challenging a sentence imposed on Craig Paul Meyboom, 36, particularly in relation to two counts of sexual assault against a woman he attacked in April 2006.

Meyboom was also sentenced for two assaults and three acts of indecency on other victims.

The court heard in one instance he grabbed a girl by the neck and told her to tell her friend to leave or he would kill her.

Mr White told the court the five year sentence imposed for the sexual assault of another victim was inadequate given the maximum term of 12 years.

Mr White has told the ACT Court of Appeal the sexual assault was a case of a stranger rape of a vulnerable victim in appalling circumstances.

But Meyboom’s barrister Shane Gill has told the court a review of similar cases shows there is no inadequacy in the sentence.

On the current sentence Meyboom will be eligible for parole in November.

The court has reserved its decision.




Former University of Canberra lecturer Arthur Hoyle jailed for rape, indecent assault

By Elizabeth Byrne

Updated about 10 hours ago

Former University of Canberra law lecturer Arthur Hoyle has been sentenced to four years in jail for raping one student and committing acts of indecency against three others.

Hoyle, 67, was found guilty in April of raping one student and indecently assaulting others that he lured to his office under the pretence of plagiarism meetings.

During Friday’s hearing, his lawyer Kieren Ginges said: “It’s a horrendous offence.”

“If there’s sexual intercourse without consent then it’s a severe breach of personal liberty and rights, and it does traumatise people for life.”

He also said there was no violence involved and the offences were at the lower end of the spectrum.

In sentencing, Justice Michael Elkaim noted the vulnerability of the students and that Hoyle had abused a position of trust.

He also rejected suggestions Hoyle’s offending was a product of any mental impairment or brain disease.

“He was in a position of authority, trust and influence,” Justice Elkaim said.

“He abused this position.”

In all, five women came forward with complaints about Hoyle, which included claims he inappropriately touched and tried to kiss them.

Hoyle was suspended from the university in April 2015 when the complaints were raised.

Three of his victims, all international students, wrote letters to Justice Elkaim, that were read out in court last month.

One victim said she remained too upset to talk to anyone about what happened to her.

“My husband didn’t know about the incident and I had to lie about why the police and [prosecutors] contacted me,” the court heard.

“I will never tell my family, my husband or anyone in the future.”

Hoyle will serve a non-parole period of two and a half years, and will be eligible for release in 2019.

University of Canberra sexual assault victim says her husband ‘still doesn’t know’ about incident

By Ewan Gilbert

Posted 17 May 2017, 5:40pm

The victims of a former University of Canberra law lecturer found guilty of rape and indecent assault have described their ongoing horror to the ACT Supreme Court.

Last month, Arthur Marshall Hoyle, 67, was found guilty of raping one student and indecently assaulting others that he lured to his office under the pretence of plagiarism meetings.

The court heard one of the students was raped by the lecturer in his office while having a discussion about alleged plagiarism.

Three of his victims, all international students, wrote letters to Justice Michael Elkaim about how the case had affected them.

Each asked for their statements to be read aloud in the court today.

One victim said she remained too upset to talk to anyone about what happened to her.

“My husband didn’t know about the incident and I had to lie about why the police and [prosecutors] contacted me,” the court heard.

“I will never tell my family, my husband or anyone in the future.”

The court heard another victim feared to go to university following the incident.

“I started asking myself if I had made a mistake to choose to study at the University of Canberra,” the victim wrote.

“I started thinking that Asian students are being treated unfairly in the university and Arthur was being racist.

“I couldn’t believe a professor would have ever been so sleazy and disrespectful to students.”

A third victim wrote she often felt depressed and cried for no reason.

“I don’t sleep well — about four hours at night,” the woman said.

“I become angry easily and quarrel with my boyfriend. I just want this matter to be over and go on with my life.”

Hoyle was suspended from the university in April 2015 when the allegations were raised by the victims.

Hoyle is due to be sentenced later this year.






Chief Justice Helen Murrell sentenced Philpot to 19 months in jail, but released him on a two-and-a-half-year recognisance release order, which imposes conditions such as good behaviour, counselling for up to two years and supervision by the ACT Corrections Directorate for two years.

Former NSW school principal pleads guilty to accessing child pornography

By Elizabeth Byrne

Thu 27 Nov 2014, 5:04pm

A former New South Wales primary school principal will be sentenced in the ACT Supreme Court after pleading guilty to a charge of accessing child pornography.

Michael Philpot, 58, had been principal of a school in the NSW town of Young.

He was arrested last year after his employer found sexually explicit text messages and photos on his work phone.

Court documents reveal Philpot had made contact with a 13 or 14-year-old Canberra boy on an app called Grindr, before the pair communicated by phone sharing explicit conversations by text, and sending each other inappropriate images.

He has been charged with using a carriage service to access child pornography.

Philpot left the school last year after the material was found.

He will return to the ACT Supreme Court next month for sentencing.


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Canberra man sentenced to extra two years’ jail for sexually abusing nephew

Posted 24 minutes ago

A Canberra man currently imprisoned for the abuse of an 11-year-old boy has had his sentence extended by more than two years for abusing his nephew in the early 1990s.

The ACT Supreme Court has heard Willem Scheeren, 59, was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2014 for sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy in the 1980s.

While in custody last year, he was charged with committing acts of indecency, attempting to engage in sexual intercourse and engaging in sexual intercourse with his 15-year-old nephew over two separate incidents between 1991 and 1992.

The court heard Scheeren had assaulted his nephew on multiple occasions when they were alone together, but the charges related only to incidents his nephew could particularise.

Scheeren pleaded guilty to all charges.

In sentencing, Justice John Burns said there was evidence Scheeren had “gained considerable insight” into his offences in the 24 years since they occurred.

Justice Burns told the court a pre-sentence report on Scheeren had revealed he had been sexually abused as a child and as a result had developed a warped sense of sexual relationships and interaction.

One doctor who saw Scheeren said he believed his “personality has been retarded by his early circumstances”.

Justice Burns said he accepted the offences “involved a breach of trust”.

He also noted that Scheeren had made contact with his nephew to apologise and acknowledge what he had done.

Scheeren was sentenced to an aggregate of two years and nine months for the four charges.

Combined with the sentence handed down by Chief Justice Helen Murrell in 2014, Scheeren was sentenced to a total of 10 years in jail.

Scheeren’s non-parole period has also been extended from June 2017 to September 2019.



Canberra child sex abuse victim speaks out against uncle in ACT Supreme Court

Posted yesterday at 6:19pm

A man who was sexually abused by his uncle in Canberra in the 1980s and 1990s has told the ACT Supreme Court of the profound impact the crime had on his life.

The court heard Willem Bowen Scheeren began to take an interest in his nephew Antony James Vote in the late 1980s, taking the boy on camping trips or to swim at local rivers.

Mr Vote, who wished to be identified, read a statement in court outlining how the abuse he then suffered had affected him.

“For a long time I blamed myself for what happened,” he said.

“For a time I was even confused about my sexuality.

“It happened at a critical time in my life.

“For a time I even thought I was gay.”

Mr Vote said it was still difficult for him to spend quality time with his sister’s children.

“I’m always feeling uncomfortable with thoughts of them thinking I could be the same as my uncle,” he said.

He said the abuse he suffered also exposed him to drugs and had divided his family.

“The impact it has had on my mother is what affects me the most,” he said.

I share his pain: mother

His mother Robin Vote told the court that, while juggling work and parenting, she was initially grateful for the time Scheeren spent with her son.

“I was so happy that Antony had companionship and activities to keep him occupied and, I thought, safe,” she said.

“As a mother, this is my greatest guilt.”

She said Scheeren had since “freely admitted” that he had had inappropriate sexual contact with her son but told her it was “his way of demonstrating love”.

Ms Vote said her family had become divided after her son revealed the abuse he had suffered.

Ms Vote said her son was in the process of recovering from his past.

“Antony is a loving and beloved son and brother,” she said.

“He has suffered enormously and of course I share his pain.

Scheeren has pleaded guilty and is due to be sentenced next week.

Former Canberra scoutmaster jailed for child sexual abuse

By Elizabeth Byrne


A former Canberra scoutmaster will serve up to eight years in prison for sexually abusing a young boy in the 1970s.

Willem Bowen Scheeren pleaded guilty to 12 offences related to the abuse of the then 11-year-old boy, who he met after being the scoutmaster for his elder brother.

The ACT Magistrates Court heard some of the offences took place at the shoe shop where Scheeren worked.

The court heard the 58-year-old had suffered sexual abuse in his own home as a child and had not realised what he had done until he sought counselling.

Scheeren told the court he tried to apologise to the victim and that he had made admissions to police in 2005.

The charges were not pursued until a recent change in the law regarding the statute of limitations.

Justice Helen Murrell told the court Scheeren had been left alone with the boy because his parents had trusted him, but he had abused that trust.

Scheeren was sentenced to eight years in prison, with a non-parole period of two years and eight months.


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Ajitpal Singh has had his sentence cut on appeal.  The ACT Court of Appeal resentenced Singh to 8 & 1/2 years’ jail, with a non-parole period of 5 years. He will be eligible for release in October 2018.



Adjitpal Singh is appealing his sentence as he feels it is too harsh & was much more severely punished than his co-accused.

The court has reserved its decision.

Dating app rape trial: Two men sentenced to jail, deportation over Canberra rape

By Elise Pianegonda and Jonathon Gul

Tue 23 Sep 2014, 1:09pm

Two Indian nationals have been jailed for raping a Canberra woman they met on the dating app Tango.

Randir Singh, 21, and Adjitpal Singh, 33, were sentenced to eight and 12 years jail respectively.

The men were each found guilty of five charges, including rape and unlawful confinement.

The court heard Randir Singh made contact with the woman on an app called Tango.

The victim agreed to have sex with him, but when she arrived at the agreed place Adjitpal Singh was also present.

When the woman tried to back out Adjitpal Singh threatened to show the woman’s husband the text messages she had sent to Randir Singh.

Ajitpal Singh also told the victim that he knew where her son went to school.

The men then took the woman to an apartment in Belconnen, where they repeatedly raped her.

Randir Singh will be eligible for parole in 2019, and Adjitpal Singh in 2021.

The court heard the men were expected to be deported once they had served their sentences.

Victim afraid to go out in public

In a victim impact statement read to the court, the woman said she was now fearful to go out in public and for her children’s safety.

The court also heard that news of the men’s convictions had made it back to India, and they would feel embarrassed and ashamed to return to their small-town communities.

In sentencing, Justice Steven Rares said the case should set a strong precedent for other abuses of online dating applications.

“In an internet age where men and women go on these dating sites… it’s important to protect the community,” he said.

While Justice Rares took into account that Adjitpal Singh was Randir Singh’s boss and was more than 10 years older, he said Randir Singh had been vital to the whole plan.

“He played a highly active role and should not be seen as any less culpable than Adjitpal Singh,” he said.


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Paedophile Shane Williams has jail time increased for sexual assault of 3yo girl at library

By Elizabeth Byrne

Mon 18 Aug 2014, 7:23pm

A convicted child sex offender found guilty of attacking a three-year-old girl at a library will spend an extra three years behind bars, following a decision by the ACT Court of Appeal.

Shane Williams, 40, was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years’ jail, with a non-parole period of four-and-a-half years, in January.

He was convicted of assaulting a man at Ainslie Village in 2012 and for sexually assaulting the three-year-old girl.

The sexual assault happened in September 2013 when the girl wandered away from her mother at the library.

The child approached Williams and said a friendly “hello”. He encouraged her to sit with him, which was when the assault took place.

The child’s mother came looking for her and found Williams sitting crouched down with his arms around the child.

When he saw the girl’s mother Williams stood up, pulled up his pants and left the library.

He had been on his way to report to the child sex offenders’ register at the time of the offence.

Williams told police he was intoxicated after drinking wine and smoking cannabis earlier that day.

The ACT’s Director of Public Prosecutions told the court the sentence imposed was “manifestly inadequate”.

ACT Court of Appeal today agreed and said there was a “vital need for community protection”.

Williams’ sentence was revised up to nine-and-a-half years’ jail, with a non-parole period of seven-and-a-half years.

“This would appear to be at least the sixth episode of this nature. The offender has committed offences of this general type since he was a juvenile, for a period of more than 20 years,” justices Richard Refshauge, Hilary Penfold and John Gilmour said, in a joint decision.

The justices said that when examined, even set against the Williams’ “undeniably dysfunctional background, including in particular his own experience of childhood sexual abuse”, the sentence under appeal was manifestly inadequate.


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