Posts Tagged ‘Cairns’



Location:   Cairns , QLD

Offence:    Guilty of three counts of rape ( November 2015 )

Sentence:  Sentenced to 16 years jail

Other:    Little wore a balaclava, sunglasses, black hoodie and black tracksuit pants when he forced his way into the woman’s motel room, bound, gagged & then raped her multiple times. Little’s criminal history includes sexual assaults against three woman while wearing a balaclava in the 1990s.





Noel Alexander Penman

Posted: January 10, 2017 by Serendipity in Queensland

Young Cairns man Noel Alexander Penman is now a registered sex offender

June 3, 2016 2:11pm

CAIRNS man Noel Alexander Penman is now a registered sex offender after he pleaded guilty in court to possessing more than 900 child porn images.

The Cairns District Court was told police found the 24-year-old in possession of 904 category one, two, three, four and six images after seizing his computer in February 2014.

Crown prosecutor Brendan Manttan said Penman also had one category four video.

Penman did not have any category five images, which is the most serious level of child exploitation material depicting sadism, humiliation and bestiality.

The vast majority, about 90%, of the images found in Penman’s possession were category one.

However, Mr Manttan said it was concerning that he possessed some category four images and a video, which showed penetrative sex between children and adults.

Defence barrister Derek Kordick, for Penman, said a psychologist’s report stated that his client was a low risk of reoffending.

Penman was employed.

Chief Judge Kerry O’Brien released Penman on a 12-month intensive corrections order, which is a term of imprisonment that is served in the community.

Convictions were recorded.






Former Cairns childcare director sentenced for filming and taking photos of naked boys

A FORMER Cairns childcare director has been released on a wholly suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to filming and taking photos of two naked five year old boys.

Daniel Patrick Maher had met one of the boys through his work in childcare. This boy then formed a friendship with a boy, who was the adopted son of the two men that Maher lived with.

The Cairns District Court was told those two men had been sentenced to substantial jail terms in the United States for offending involving children.

Crown prosecutor Brendan Manttan said that in early 2011, police seized electronic equipment from their Kewarra Beach home. Due to the sophisticated encryption used, the film and images weren’t discovered until 2013.

The court was told Maher was arrested and charged the day after he had been sentenced for commonwealth offending that involved sending images and videos of young boys aged five to eight years to a man in the United States.

Defence barrister Josh Trevino told the court his client had undergone significant rehabilitation since being sentenced over these matters including psychotherapy.

The court was told Maher had been unable to reconcile his homosexuality with his religious beliefs. A report described Maher as extremely naive.

Judge Brian Harrison, in summing up, said Maher had wanted to impress the man in the United States as well as the male couple he resided with.

Because Maher had already served a little under four months jail while awaiting sentence, Judge Harrison said he saw little point in sending him back to jail and that it was more important his rehabilitation continued.

Former Cairns childcare centre manager and friend of notorious pedophiles pleads guilty to child porn charges

  • Vanda Carson
  • The Courier-Mail
  • November 22, 2014 4:45AM

THE former manager of a Cairns childcare centre who lived with two of the nation’s most notorious pedophiles faces jail for child porn.

Daniel Patrick Maher, 30, lived with Cairns couple Peter Truong and Mark Newton in the months before they were charged in the US with sexually exploiting their “adopted” son by allowing pedophiles to molest him when he was aged between two and six.

In the Brisbane District Court yesterday, Maher pleaded guilty to sending 13 pornographic photos of children aged as young as five to a Texas sex offender who was in a depraved abuse network.

At the time, Maher sent the photos to Mark Lawless, 35, from Texas, he knew his housemates Truong and Newton were facing charges of trafficking their son to the pedophile network.

Lawless was a friend of Truong and Newton and was allowed to abuse their young son, whom they bought from Russia in 2005 for $8000.

Maher was working at the Penguin Childcare Centre in Cairns North when he sent the explicit photos and made Skype calls to Lawless to discuss them.

He also sent photos of two naked young boys to Lawless.

Maher’s barrister Lincoln Crowley told the court that Maher was living in the northern NSW town of Grafton when he met Truong and Newton online through the photo sharing service Flickr and they invited him to live with him.

Maher “idolised” Truong and Newton because they were “a gay couple who were successful, they had an adopted son and a relationship that Maher would never be able to obtain”, Mr Crowley said.

In the months before his arrest in Victoria in October last year, Maher was working as a director of Essendon Fields Kinder Haven.

After his arrest, he took part in an indigenous job program with Coles supermarkets.

Newton was sentenced by a US court to 40 years for his sex abuse, while Truong is serving 30 years.

Maher was charged after US authorities gave evidence to Queensland police.

Maher will be sentenced by Judge Michael Burnett on Wednesday.


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Sex offender gets jail after grabbing young girl at Cairns central

  • Caitlin Drysdale
  • The Cairns Post
  • October 17, 2014 12:11PM

A MAN who brazenly grabbed a 14-year-old schoolgirl in a Cairns shopping centre had faced a Victorian court for a similar sex crime just six weeks before.

Bruce Leslie Brown, 29 was yesterday sentenced to 10 months’ jail after pleading guilty to one count of indecent dealings with a child under 15.

The Cairns District Court heard Brown approached the girl, while she was in school uniform, on May 16.

She was shopping at Coles Cairns Central with her father, but was alone in an aisle when Brown approached her from behind and grabbed her breasts forcefully.

The court heard it caused the girl “intense” pain and she screamed for help.

Brown fled, but was apprehended by other shoppers and held until police officers arrived.

The court heard he had also visited a prostitute on the morning off the attack.

The convicted sexual offender has criminal records in Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales – all for crimes of a sexual nature.

Just six weeks prior, he faced a Wodonga Court in Victoria over indecent assault charges but escaped jail time.

He was instead given a one-month sentence, suspended for two years. Judge Brian Harrison took a different approach to sentencing the man, acknowledging the “profound effect” the incident had on the victim.

“This is quite a difficult age for any young girl at the best of times without experiencing something shocking like this,” he said.

The girl’s parents were present for the sentencing, with the court hearing the girl was now scared to be alone in public and suffered “social anxiety”.

Brown’s lawyer told the court he had read the girl’s victim impact statement to his client “word for word”.

The sexual offender will spend 10 months in jail, minus the 153 days he has already spent in custody, and will be subject to a probation order for three years after his release.

The order requires him to regularly report to correctional services, take part in counselling, possibly submit to psychiatric treatment and stay in the state.

The court heard a report from a psychologist had labelled Brown as a “high” risk of reoffending.

“You have a very real problem in term of impulse control regarding prepubescent and pubescent girls,” Judge Harrison said.

Brown told the court he himself had been sexually assaulted in the past.


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Justin Sandy Tamwoy

Posted: October 11, 2014 by Serendipity in Queensland

Man 31, jailed for carnal knowledge by Cairns court after sex with 15-year-old girl

  • The Cairns Post
  • October 02, 2014 2:02PM

A 31-YEAR-OLD man who ­illegally had sex with a 15-year-old girl over a two-month period has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Justin Sandy Tamwoy yesterday pleaded guilty to three counts of carnal knowledge, one count of contravening a police direction, one count of public nuisance and one count of common assault.

Justice Glenn Martin was scathing in his sentencing, despite the fact the court heard the girl was a willing participant in each act and even supplied condoms.

“Children of that age are to be protected from themselves, they are not to be used for sexual gratification by mature men,” Justice Martin said.

“Your history demonstrates a disregard for the law and ­obvious disregard for your ­fellow citizens … and I very much doubt there’s any sincere remorse on your part.”

The pair had sex three times between December 1, 2013, and January 13, 2014.

On January 1, Tamwoy lashed out and struck the girl in the face with his elbow, after she refused to join him for a swim.

Tamwoy’s nine-page criminal record showed a history of violence and numerous acts of assault, which started when he was 16, but no prior sexual ­offences.

Tamwoy is father to seven children with multiple partners. His eldest child is 14, just one year younger than his ­victim.

Justice Martin said Tamwoy had “an unattractive criminal history dating back to the late ’90s”.

Tamwoy’s victim was born in 1998, about the same time as Tamwoy started offending.

Defence barrister Derek Kordick said Tamwoy “could probably be described as a nuisance”.

“He will face a much more serious charge in coming months,” Mr Kordick said.

That meant despite having served the 215-day minimum term of imprisonment imposed by Justice Martin, Tamwoy was not free to leave.

He was remanded in custody to face a separate charge of manslaughter.

Yesterday, Tamwoy’s defence barrister had upset Justice Martin before proceedings started by arriving two hours late. Mr Kordick apologised and explained he had been double booked in a Supreme Court case, but couldn’t escape being reprimanded.





Patrick Ernest Buchanan

Posted: September 9, 2014 by Serendipity in Queensland
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Man jailed for 13 years over ‘vicious and unrelenting’ rape in Cairns, Queensland

By Kristy Sexton-McGrath

Mon 8 Sep 2014, 4:56pm

A 31-year-old man has been jailed for 13 years over what a judge in Cairns in far north Queensland described as a “vicious and unrelenting” rape and the worst he had dealt with.

Patrick Ernest Buchanan pleaded guilty to rape, wounding and burglary over an incident last September at Mossman, north of Cairns.

The District Court in Cairns heard his 30-year-old victim was reading a book on her verandah at home when Buchanan appeared.

He threatened to kill her unless she had sex with him and struck her in the head with a rock when she refused.

The court heard she fought back, kneeing him in the groin and pushed him through a lounge room window, but he eventually raped her.

Buchanan hung his head as the woman read a victim impact statement, describing her attacker as a “selfish and evil little man”.

“He has given me a life sentence”, the woman told the court.

She said she suffered from flashbacks and nightmares, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I never knew true fear until that day,” she said.

Judge Brian Harrison said Buchanan’s behaviour was the most serious and violent rape he had dealt with.

Judge Harrison said the woman had to “endure one indignity after another” and noted the “sheer violence and persistence” of Buchanan.

He sentenced Buchanan to 13 years in jail.

Abuse victims confront sex predator in Cairns court

Melanie Petrinec

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Far Northern woman has confronted the sex predator who robbed her of her childhood more than 30 years ago.

“For approximately 35 years, I have been in prison for these crimes,” the woman said as she stared down her attacker, Cairns man Kevin John Steel in the Cairns District Court yesterday.

“I still take hot, scalding showers in a bid to clean myself.”

Steel was sentenced to four years jail, 20 years after he confessed to sexually abusing sisters Tracey and Sharon.

He was not charged until this year because police lost track of him interstate.

With her sons looking on in tears, Sharon, now 42, read her victim impact statement in person to the man who had abused her in Mt Isa.

Pausing at times to compose herself, she said she was “bewildered and angry at the world”, and her lingering emotional problems led to difficulties bonding with her first child.

“It wasn’t until the birth of my second son … that I could kiss my (first) child.

“My first son missed his mother’s kisses and affection – a birth right.

“For that, I say damn you to hell.”

The sisters, who now live in Far North Queensland, were sexually assaulted between the ages of nine and 11 in the 1970s and reported the crimes in 1989.

The court heard Steel was not formally charged until this year because he got “lost in the system” after serving two years’ jail in the Northern Territory.

The 60-year-old Innisfail-born man has numerous health problems and has been living in Cairns since 2006.

After police tracked him down last year, he pleaded guilty in Cairns District Court to two charges of attempted rape, five of indecent treatment of a child, and one of indecent assault.

Judge Bill Everson said yesterday had no choice but to sentence Steel based on the penalties enforced in the 1970s, which are significantly lower than today’s punishment guidelines.

He will be released after serving 16 months of his four-year term.

Judge Everson described the length of time it took for the defendant to appear before court as “inexcusable”, and Crown prosecutor Michael Connelly admitted Steel could have been “pursued with more vigour”.

But outside court yesterday, the two sisters were simply relieved their attacker was finally behind bars after years of believing that day would never come.

“I’m surprised that he got any time,” Tracey, 43, admitted.

“I’m glad that it’s been heard; I’m glad that he is getting sent (to jail).”

Sharon said she grappled with the idea of reading her statement in person, facing the man who caused her so much pain.

“When I walked in the courtroom this morning I thought no way, it’s not going to happen,” she said.

“And then as he made eye contact with me and I stared him down and he turned away, and I thought, ‘Yes, I will do that’.

“It was reversing the power exchange actually; he turned away two times from me.

“We’ve had our day, and we’re moving on.”

Child protection campaigner and Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston yesterday commended the women’s bravery.

“Everyone’s kids are a lot safer because of what they have done today,” she said.

“It just means so much to all of us workers in this industry for them to have the guts to take these bastards on.

“My heart goes out to them, and they also have my gratitude.”


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