Posts Tagged ‘Broadmeadow’



Wakeman has faced Newcastle Local Court charged with aggravated break and enter and assault with intent to commit sexual assault of a 85-year-old victim at Edgeworth. There was no application for bail and a mental health assessment was ordered. He was arrested at Cameron Park.

Stefan Neil Thomas Wakeman jailed for violent assault at Cardiff store

By Gabriel Wingate-Pearse

Oct. 22, 2014, 10 p.m.

A YOUNG woman behind the counter of a Cardiff convenience store thought she was being kidnapped when she was dragged out of the shop by her hair by a 51-year-old man.

Stefan Neil Thomas Wakeman entered the store and bought a litre of milk before asking where the coffee was kept at about 4pm on a Saturday in April.

When the woman took him to the appropriate shelf he took out a wrench and bashed her over the head with it.

He put his hand over her mouth and told her to shut up before dragging her towards the front of the store, Newcastle Local Court heard on Wednesday.

Wakeman, who has spent more than 18 years of his adult life behind bars, pleaded guilty to the crime just before it went to a hearing.

He has been in custody since his arrest the day after the attack on April 19.

Magistrate Robert Stone described the assault as very violent.

‘‘You could only imagine the significant amount of fear that she (the victim) would have felt as a result of this incident,’’ Magistrate Stone said.

It was agreed that there was a certain amount of planning involved given that Wakeman entered the store armed with a wrench or spanner, the court heard.

He initially denied the charges saying the woman spat at him but CCTV footage was found to be ‘‘entirely inconsistent’’ with his version of events.

Wakeman has spent more time in jail than out of jail during the 28 years since June, 1986.

He was jailed in 2003 for nine years for raping a 14-year-old girl at Broadmeadow.

With a non-parole period of one year and eight months he will be eligible for release on parole on December 19, 2015.


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Former Lake Macquarie mayor jailed over indecent assault

BY ALISON BRANLEY – Newcastle Herald

10/10/2009 4:00:00 AM

FORMER Lake Macquarie mayor Douglas Carley has been sentenced to three years in prison for indecently assaulting a 12-year-old boy.

Judge Gregory Hosking sentenced Carley, 73, of Hamilton, in Newcastle District Court yesterday to three years with a 15-month non-parole period.

It means Carley, who has been in custody most of 2009, could be released in April next year.

The court heard Carley befriended the victim’s family in October, 2008, after the boy’s mother took pity on Carley when she saw him about to fall over because he had “taken too many tablets”.

She encouraged her son to help Carley and at one stage told her son, “He is just an old man”.

At Carley’s unit on November 17, 2008, Carley pulled the victim’s pants down and touched the boy’s genitals.

Carley threatened to kill himself that day but was not arrested until he threatened self-harm again in January.

Judge Hosking said the maximum sentence was 10 years but Carley’s offence was between the low and middle range.

He took into account Carley’s plea of guilty, age, mental health issues and that most of his term would be spent in protection.

“[It] is often more arduous than being in the general prison population,” he said.

“By pleading guilty he has also saved young [the victim] the ordeal of having to recount this matter.”

Judge Hosking said Carley had bi-polar disorder, was sexually abused as a child and had electric shock treatment twice before age 25.

A psychiatrist’s report read to the court yesterday stated that Carley was voted Lake Macquarie mayor during one of his hypo-manic periods but became depressed, losing his wife, his role and becoming financially destitute.

It stated that during elevated moods Carley abandoned all caution and identified with boys of 14.

Carley was a Lake Macquarie councillor for 10 years and was mayor from 1991 to 1993.

He was a high school teacher at Warners Bay, Glenfield, Belmont, Toronto and Broadmeadow.

He was convicted of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 1995.

A condition of Carley’s parole will be to stay on medication and see a psychiatrist to reduce the risk of re-offending.

Ex-mayor to stand trial on indecent assault charge

Posted Wed Apr 8, 2009 3:35pm AEST

A former New South Wales mayor has been committed to stand trial for the alleged assault of a boy.

Former Lake Macquarie mayor, Douglas Carley, 72, is charged with the aggravated indecent assault of the 12-year-old in November last year.

Police allege he lured the child into his Newcastle unit where the alleged assault took place.

While appearing via audio-visual link in Newcastle local court today, Carley appeared frustrated with the connections to his hearing aids, impairing his hearing.

He showed no expression when Magistrate Elaine Truscott committed him to stand trial for the alleged offence.

He is due to be arraigned in the Newcastle District Court next week.


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