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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-15/convicted-rapist-tried-to-burn-victims-house-down/9551022

Convicted rapist Shaun Plunkett tried to burn victim’s house down while on bail

By Sam Tomlin

Posted yesterday at 6:22pm

A Western Australian man convicted of sexually assaulting a woman tried to burn down the victim’s house while on bail for the attack, a court has heard.

Shaun Henry Plunkett was found guilty of the assault, which took place in September 2016, after a two-day trial in the Kalgoorlie District Court this week.

The 27-year-old is already serving a four-year, eight-month jail term for the March 2017 arson, having pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court last December.

Judge John Staude sentenced Plunkett to a further two years’ jail today for the sexual assault.

After the jury delivered its verdict, Prosecutor Fiona Clare revealed Plunkett had attempted to burn down the woman’s house, where he had sexually assaulted her.

“He’s committed a serious arson offence against the same victim,” Ms Clare told the court.

“There’s no indication of remorse in this case.”

No consent given: Judge

During the trial, the court was told Plunkett had drunk more than 20 beers and half a bottle of vodka before walking to the woman’s home.

There he spent several hours drinking, with the woman rejecting his advances when he attempted to kiss her.

Despite this, the woman allowed him to sleep in her bed, only to wake to find him sexually assaulting her.

Sentencing Plunkett today, Judge Staude said a grievous breach of trust had been committed against the victim.

He said the 27-year-old’s drunken state did not excuse his actions.

“You were not mistaken, you did not believe [the woman] consented to sexual penetration,” Judge Staude said.

“You knew sex with [the victim] was out of the question.

“This was a vulnerable woman who trusted you and took you into her home that night.”

While Plunkett’s lawyer Wendy Hughes argued the sex was consensual, the prosecution said it was a clear-cut case of assault.

“Letting someone into your bed is not the same as letting someone sleep with you,” Ms Clare said.

Drug, alcohol abuse triggered psychotic symptoms

Plunkett followed up his initial arrest on the sexual assault charge with a string of arson attacks around Norseman in March last year.

In attacks unconnected to the sexual assault, he burned one property to the ground and severely damaged another.

At the victim’s house, he set a doormat on fire in what Judge Staude said was a clear attempt at harming her.

“You believed [the victim] was asleep inside,” he said.

During his sentencing for arson in December, the Supreme Court was told regular drug and alcohol abuse had led to Plunkett being hospitalised with psychotic symptoms.

A court-ordered psychiatric assessment saw him diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder and anger management issues.

But Judge Staude also said the 27-year-old’s behaviour had improved after his access to drugs was removed in prison.

Plunkett will be eligible for parole after four years and eight months.

 

 

 

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-24/taxi-driver-jailed-for-sexual-assault-of-sleeping-passenger/8301522

Perth taxi driver jailed for sexually assaulting sleeping passenger

By Joanna Menagh

Posted 24 Feb 2017, 4:08pm

A Perth taxi driver has been jailed for sexually assaulting a female passenger who fell asleep while he was driving her home.

The offence happened in December 2007, but Mohamed Rashad Abdul Raheem was not charged until the case was reviewed using new DNA technology two years ago.

He denied the allegation, but was found guilty by a jury after a trial in the District Court.

The woman, who was 18 at the time, had been socialising with friends in the city in the week before Christmas 2007, when she flagged down Abdul Raheem’s taxi in the early hours of the morning to take her home.

She was tired and fell asleep, but woke to find her dress pulled up to her waist and Abdul Raheem sexually assaulting her.

Driver breached obligation

The court heard the offence lasted only a “matter of seconds” and the woman didn’t say anything at the time because she was “scared and fearful” of what Abdul Raheem might to do.

She later reported the matter to police.

Judge Julie Wager said Abdul Raheem had breached his obligation as a taxi driver to take customers home safely.

“You took advantage of a vulnerable young woman and offended against her,” the judge told the 45-year-old father of three.

“Young women need to know if they catch a taxi home they will not be violated.”

Abdul Raheem’s lawyer, Simon Freitag, had suggested his client could receive a suspended jail term, describing him as an otherwise “hardworking, good husband and father, and contributing member of society” who had not offended before and would not offend again.

Judge Wager accepted that Abdul Rheem was otherwise of impeccable character, but said she could not suspend the term.

“People need to know that if taxi drivers offend in this way there will be repercussions and that is an immediate term of imprisonment,” she said.

In sentencing Abdul Raheem to 16 months’ jail, Judge Wager said she had shown “a degree of mercy” because of the burden and distress the jail term would cause his family.

Abdul Raheem will have to serve eight months before he can be released on parole.

 

 

 


 

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-23/teacher-with-stocking-fetish-jailed-for-five-years/8552010

Music teacher with stocking fetish jailed for five years for indecently recording students

By Joanna Menagh

Posted 23 May 2017, 5:58pm

A music teacher with a fetish for stockings has been sentenced to five years’ jail for indecently recording dozens of his young students at West Australian schools.

Christopher Ryan Jones, 32, mostly used an app on his mobile phone to secretly record the 40 female victims, who were aged between six and 15, over a three-year period.

Many of the recordings were made during music classes or at recess at the schools in WA’s south and south east where he was teaching.

He also admitted to indecently recording a six-year-old girl in a supermarket and an 11-year-old at a scout jamboree.

Jones was caught when he left one of his phones at school and a teacher discovered the recordings and reported him to the deputy principal.

A search of his home then uncovered thousands of child exploitation images on electronic devices.

The District Court was told Jones had a fetish for stockings and tights, and the recordings focused on the girls’ legs and upper thighs.

He later transferred them onto a computer and viewed them for his own sexual gratification.

On two occasions he set up a hidden camera in a school storeroom and recorded students changing their clothing.

Offences ‘cunning’ but not worst of their kind, judge says

Chief Judge Kevin Sleight said those offences involved “some planning” and were particularly “cunning”.

He also said that over time, Jones had become more “confident and brazen” because he had regularly placed his phone on the ground to record the victims’ legs.

Judge Sleight said Jones’ offences were serious because they had the effect of undermining the confidence parents have in schools and made it more difficult for male teachers to be trusted.

However, he said Jones’ offending was “far from the worst of its kind” saying he had not touched his victims who were mostly fully clothed with their legs covered by the tights or stockings.

Judge Sleight also took into account Jones’ pleas of guilty to the 60 charges against him, saying it had avoided the need for 40 children to come to court to give evidence.

Jones will have to serve three years before he can be released on parole.

With time already served, his earliest release date is August next year.

 

 

 


 

UPDATED:  NOVEMBER 2016

District Court Judge Stephen Scott has sentenced Atkinson to 15 years’ jail. He made Atkinson eligible for parole after 13 years & imposed violence restraining order which prevents him from going near the victims.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-15/darren-atkinson-pleads-guilty-over-1990s-sexual-assaults/7513116

Darren Atkinson pleads guilty over 1990s sexual assaults

Updated 15 Jun 2016, 2:29pm

A 43-year-old Perth man has pleaded guilty to two separate sex attacks on women in their own homes in the late 1990s.

Darren Robert Atkinson was only charged with the offences this year.

In June 1997 he broke into the home of a woman in the southern Perth suburb of Queens Park and threatened to kill her before sexually assaulting her.

In July 1999 he broke into the home of a second woman in Tuart Hill and also threatened to kill her before repeatedly sexually assaulting her.

Atkinson appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court via video link from Casuarina prison today and pleaded guilty to nine charges including deprivation of liberty and aggravated sexual penetration.

He was remanded in custody until he faces the District Court in August.

 

 

Clive William Black 

Posted: October 24, 2016 by Serendipity in Photo, Western Australia
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UPDATED:  APRIL 2017

Black has been sentenced in Bunbury District Court by Judge Kevin Sleight, to a total of seven years and six months imprisonment. Judge Sleight discounted Black’s prison term by 25 per cent because of his early guilty pleas, which meant his victims had not had to testify. His sentence was backdated to December 12, 2016, which is when he declined to apply for bail, and instead remained in custody. He was made eligible for parole after five-and-a-half years.

 

http://www.colliemail.com.au/story/4218242/seventh-female-victim-comes-forward/?cs=4079

Bunbury man, 72, pleads guilty to a total of 15 counts of child sex abuse

Ivy James

10 Oct 2016, 11:47 a.m.

A pedophile who has admitted to sexually abusing seven children between 1986 and 1993 will be sentenced in December after pleading guilty to 15 charges of indecent dealings.

On September 29, 72-year-old Clive William Black pleaded guilty to 14 counts of indecent dealings with six girls aged between eight and 14 between 1986 and 1993.

Black fronted Bunbury Magistrates Court again on Monday where he pleaded guilty to one further count of indecent dealing of a child under 14 years between June-December 1989, after a seventh victim came forward.

Police allege Black indecently assaulted three girls who were known to him through their parents, between 1986 and 1993. The girls were aged from eight to 14 at the time of the offences.

Black was also further charged with two counts of indecent treatment for assaulting a six-year-old, known to him through her parents, between 1990 and 1993.

Bail was extended on a $5000 personal undertaking and $10,000 surety.

 

 

 

William Arthur Gibbon

Posted: August 12, 2016 by Serendipity in Photo, Western Australia
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Age:  51  (2016)

D.O.B:  21/1/1965

Location:  Geraldton  WA

Offence:  1 count of indecent dealings with a child aged between 13 & 16 years. 7 counts of aggravated sexual assault.

Sentence:  Sentenced to 4 years imprisonment by the WA Supreme Court in 1994.

Other:  Offences were committed between 1992 & 1993.

 

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-26/lifesaver-sentenced-for-teen-rape/7192710

Surf lifesaver Alex Greenland jailed for rape of 15yo girl

Updated yesterday at 2:33pm

A former respected WA surf lifesaving instructor who had a predilection for sadomasochism has been sentenced to five-and-a half years jail for sexually abusing an underage girl.

Alex Lee Greenland, 27, pleaded guilty to four charges relating to his abuse of the girl in 2010 when she was 15 and he was 21.

He maintained the sexual activity was consensual but District Court Judge Linda Petrusa rejected his claim and found that Greenland forced himself upon the girl.

They met when he worked at the Scarborough Surf Life Saving Club and at one point he had been her instructor.

Reports provided to the District Court said Greenland first showed in interest in bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism (BDSM) when he was in his final year at school.

A hearing last year was told in the months after the offences, the pair had sex at Greenland’s home in which the teenager said he made her wear a collar, poured hot wax on her and whipped her “like an animal”.

Humiliated victim had no choice, judge finds

Judge Petrusa said it was of “concern” that Greenland had maintained BDSM was “not a big part” of his sex life, while the teenager had testified it had “dominated” their sexual activity.

Judge Petrusa said the victim felt humiliated and believed she had no other choice but to engage in the activity.

She described Greenland’s crimes as “very serious”, saying he had focused on his own needs and ignored the girl’s verbal and physical resistance.

“You showed no regard for her wishes … you used force and aggression to achieve your sexual gratification,” she told him.

Judge Petrusa also said the offences had a “profound effect” on the victim.

Outside the court, the victim, who is now 21, welcomed the sentence and said she was relieved the case was over.

Greenland will have to serve three-and-a-half years in prison before he can be released on parole.

 

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