Posts Tagged ‘County Court’


 

Forde – William Craig

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2008-01-17/rape-victim-wins-139k-compensation/1015362

Rape victim wins $139K compensation

Updated 17 Jan 2008, 4:54pm

A County Count judge has ordered a convicted rapist to pay more than $139,000 compensation to his victim.

50-year-old William Craig Forde was sentenced to an indefinite term in jail last year.

The court was told he kidnapped a woman identified as “Jessica” in Ballarat in 2006.

He held her captive in her car for almost 30 hours and repeatedly raped her.

Judge Tom Wodak said he accepted “Jessica” suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of the attack.

Despite being ordered to pay compensation, Forde may not be able to pay the full amount.

His only asset is a rural block of land, that may have to be sold to pay his legal fees.

His prison term will be reviewed in 16 years.

Jessica’s lawyer Katalin Blond says now the compensation order has been made, steps have to be taken to enforce it.

“Jess is grateful in the acknowledgment of the court’s judgement but understands that there’s certainly a long road ahead in enforcing that judgement,” she said.

“I would imagine that that issue probably won’t be resolved for at least 12 months.”

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2006-12-13/court-gives-life-term-to-depraved-rapist/2152796

Court gives life term to ‘depraved’ rapist

Updated 13 Dec 2006, 3:03pm

A man who repeatedly raped a woman from Ballarat, in central Victoria, will spend the rest of his life in jail.

The 29-year-old woman was kidnapped and raped at knife-point over a 30 hour period in February, in at attack Detective Paul Jolly of Ballarat police says is the worst he has seen in 24 years.

“This would have to be the nastiest incident I’ve dealt with,” he said.

William Craig Forde, 49, was today sentenced in the County Court in Ballarat to an indefinite jail term.

Judge Wodak said the offences were of a gravity rarely seen, and Forde showed little potential for reform.

The victim described Forde as an animal.

“As much as you can characterise somebody like this, then that’s the way to say it, depraved, deviant,” she said.

She says she will try to use her experience to help other rape victims.

 

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Criminal history of William Craig Forde:

September 8, 1988 — raped a 31-year-old woman neighbour at knifepoint in her
Thornbury home. Forced her to drive him to a primary school where her children
were waiting, but she was able to escape and call police.

June 1, 1989 — convicted in the County Court of two counts of rape, indecent
assault, intentionally causing injury and car theft. Sentenced by Judge Cullity
to a maximum five years’ jail with a minimum of three years.

August 24, 1990 — released from jail after remissions of one- third off the
sentence for good behaviour, which were then applicable.

June 20, 1991 — aggravated rape at knifepoint of a woman who had come to his
outer suburban home to pick up some ironing. The 57- year-old woman was punched
in the face and had her wrists and ankles tied with twine during the attack,
which lasted more than 30 minutes. She escaped by locking herself in her car
after he ordered her to leave the house with him and said he was “taking her
for a ride”.

November 15, 1991 — convicted in the County Court of aggravated rape,
aggravated indecent assault, intentionally causing injury and false
imprisonment. Sentenced by Judge Stott to 10 years’ jail with a minimum of
seven years.

November 26, 1996 — refused parole because of his unwillingness to participate
in a sex offenders’ treatment program in jail.

July 11, 1997 — again denied parole.

March 24, 1998 — released from jail on expiry of his maximum sentence (less
remission of one-third, which applied when he was sentenced in 1991 but was
abolished the following year).

September 28, 1998 — raped a 13-year-old girl, who was attacked when Forde
took her for a walk at Whittlesea after driving down a dirt track and leaving
his partner in the car. Forde was arrested six weeks later at a Queensland
caravan park.

September 30, 1999 — convicted of rape and sentenced in the County Court by
Judge Stott to a maximum of seven years’ jail with a minimum non-parole period
of five years, including 326 days already remanded in custody.

September 18, 2002 — told he would not be paroled when his minimum sentence
expired because he refused to do the sex offenders’ program.

November 19, 2003 — denied parole.

December 1, 2004 — again denied parole.

August 4, 2005 — refused parole again.

November 7, 2005 — released from jail on expiry of his maximum sentence.

February 6, 2006 — raped a young shop assistant in the back of a Ballarat shop
after tying her wrists and ankles behind her, gagging her and cutting off her
clothes with a knife. Forde then stole the 23-year-old mother’s car, bundled
her into it at knifepoint and drove her around central and northern Victoria
for the next 29 hours. She was raped repeatedly during her ordeal before being
driven back into Ballarat and let out of the car.

May 12, 2006 — appeared at Ballarat Magistrates’ Court for a preliminary
hearing and said he was guilty of 22 counts of rape and two charges of armed
robbery, one of abduction and one of false imprisonment.

Other convictions:

Disobeying traffic control signal, unlicensed driving, exceeding .05,
assaulting police, resisting arrest, obtaining financial advantage by
deception.

 

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Sterling Bower

Posted: October 22, 2016 by Serendipity in Photo, Victoria
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AGE:  48  (2016)

LOCATION:  Ringwood East, VIC

OFFENCE:  Bower lured a young girl into bushland near a Ringwood East kindergarten & raped her in September 1989.

SENTENCE:  County Court Judge Phillip Coish sentenced Bower to a maximum of six years in jail with a non-parole of four years, with 350 days already served.

OTHER: The 1989 case went cold until Victoria Police forensic experts revisited DNA evidence in December 2014. Bower was extradited from Queensland to Victoria in May 2015.

Bower has also been convicted of multiple counts of stalking, making child exploitation material, and indecent treatment of a child under 12.

 

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https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25518442/adelaide-online-predator-jailed/

Adelaide online predator jailed

AAP

November 14, 2014, 4:25 pm

An Adelaide man who groomed a 14-year-old girl for a sexual relationship through an online game has been jailed.

Roy Jonas drove from his home in Adelaide to Melbourne to meet the girl after exchanging intimate details with her online.

The pair engaged in sexual acts in the 41-year-old’s car and in a hotel room during the trip in May 2013.

The pair maintained their sexual relationship for two months, the Victorian County Court heard.

Judge Mark Dean said Jonas took advantage of the girl’s troubled past to strike up a sexual relationship with her.

“You were significantly older than her, and were aware that she was vulnerable and confused,” he told Jonas on Friday.

“You were also aware that she had a disrupted home life and did not have the support of her parents.”

Jonas pleaded guilty to committing an indecent act with a child under 16 and two counts of sexual penetration of a child under 16.

Judge Dean sentenced him to three-and-a-half years in prison, of which he must serve two years before becoming eligible for parole.

 

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Darren Harvey - Photo

 

http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/2696456/update-fun-park-boss-jailed-after-appeal/?cs=53

Fun park boss jailed after appeal

Nov. 14, 2014, midnight

A WODONGA fun park operator was this morning jailed for at least seven months over the indecent assault of a teenage girl who worked for him.

Darren Harvey, 51, was imprisoned by County Court judge Chris Ryan after having appealed a jail term imposed in the Wodonga Magistrate’s Court last month.

He was originally given a 15-month prison sentence with a minimum of nine months by magistrate John Murphy on two counts of indecent assault.

Judge Ryan cut the minimum term to seven months, but retained the 15-month overall period.

Today’s sentence came after Judge Ryan yesterday labelled Harvey  a predator with no remorse.

He said Harvey’s conduct towards his 18-year-old employee was “absolutely disgraceful”.

But barrister Steve Anger outlined Harvey’s community contributions during an appeal against a jail term imposed on Harvey last month.

The charges relate to an Albury schoolgirl, 18, who was working at Harvey’s Fun Park on the Lincoln Causeway.

One of the offences happened early last year and the second charge relates to events on October 13 when Harvey took the employee’s clothes off before assaulting her.

Mr Anger said yesterday there were a range of sentencing options for Harvey such as a suspended sentence or partially suspended jail term.

Judge Ryan said Harvey had shown no remorse in a record of interview with police.

“He is a predator. His conduct is nothing short of predatory,” Judge Ryan said.

He said the conduct by Harvey escalated and was appalling. Mr Anger said the fun park has two permanent employees and eight casuals, but publicity about Harvey’s charges have had a devastating impact on the business.

“In the social media, he has been vilified as a paedophile,” Mr Anger said.

He tendered nine references on behalf of Harvey and certificates of thanks from organisations such as Camp Quality and Country Hope.

It is estimated Harvey has provided use of the park valued at about $30,000 for community organisations.

Judge Ryan said there was a conflict between Harvey’s contribution to the community and the appalling acts committed on a schoolgirl.

“His conduct towards this young woman is absolutely disgraceful,” Judge Ryan said.

Albury solicitor Tony Brandt provided one of the references and gave evidence about a large number of cancellations at the park since Harvey’s sentencing in Wodonga Magistrates Court.

Mr Brandt said the park may have to be closed down and ultimately sold.

Mr Anger said Harvey has been referred to a psychologist and received anti-depressants.

“He has reactive depression because of the condition he finds himself in,” Judge Ryan said.

He said there is an issue of general deterrence and Harvey had overborn the complainant before forcibly undressing her.

Crown prosecutor David O’Doherty said: “It is a serious example of this type of offending.”

 

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http://www.skynews.com.au/news/local/melbourne/2014/11/05/man-jailed-for-raping-75-year-old.html

Man jailed for raping 75-year-old

Published: 6:50 pm, Wednesday, 5 November 2014

A Victorian man who raped a 75-year-old woman in her home has been jailed for 14 years for the cowardly and depraved crime.

Jason Jude D’Souza, 39, broke into the elderly woman’s home and attacked her, only saying ‘I have not been here’ when she told him she was having difficulty breathing.

Victorian County Court Judge Mark Dean said a message must be sent to the community that courts would protect the elderly, as he sentenced D’Souza to a minimum 10 years’ jail on Wednesday.

‘You must also be punished for what you have done and your cowardly, depraved conduct must be denounced by this court,’ he told D’Souza.

Judge Dean said D’Souza had shown no remorse and still denied raping the woman, who was deeply traumatised by what happened.

‘Her sense of trust and wellbeing has been irreparably harmed by what you did,’ he said.

‘She has not revealed what has happened to her to her own children, and no doubt continues to suffer from the effects of what you did.’

The court heard D’Souza suffered from depression and had been undergoing testosterone replacement therapy, with relatives reporting aggressive behaviour as a result.

One psychological report before the court said D’Souza had spiralled into a state of personal crisis due to his infertility and a failed relationship, and his offending towards his unwilling and vulnerable victim was an attempt to reinforce his sense of personal strength.

Judge Dean said he accepted D’Souza was experiencing some side effects of the therapy at the time of the October 2013 rape, and took that into account.

D’Souza will be placed on the sex offenders register for 15 years.

He was found guilty at trial of seven counts of rape, and one count each of indecent assault and aggravated burglary.

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http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/breaking-news-blog/teacher-avoids-jail-for-sex-offence-against-student/20130529-2nao9.html

Teacher avoids jail for sex offence against student

Posted by: Lauren Hilbert | 29 May, 2013 – 12:05 PM

A teacher who had a sexual relationship with a student nearly three decades ago has escaped immediate time in prison.

Rowville woman Yolanda Caroline Lyons, 58, pleaded guilty to four charges including gross indecency and indecent assault.

The County Court heard Lyons – described as a dedicated, conscientious and respected teacher – offended against a girl, 14, over a one-year period in the mid-80s.

When interviewed by police nearly three decades later, Lyons blamed the girl, claiming she had been the instigator.

Judge Christopher Ryan said the conduct involved the manipulation of the victim and an exploitation of shared religious beliefs.

He said the harm done was serious and long-lasting.

Lyons was sentenced to three years jail, wholly suspended.

She was placed on the sex offenders register.

The judge said he took into account her remorse and said there was no risk of Lyons re-offending.

 

 


 

Jarrett – Brenton Robert - Photo.

 

UPDATED:  SEPTEMBER 2016

http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/4151797/sex-offender-lives-in-online-fantasy-world/

Howlong sex offender lives in online fantasy world from parent’s home

8 Sep 2016, 2:30 p.m.

A CON artist and registered sex offender with at least eight aliases has been caught using online dating services to have sex with women in breach of his reporting conditions.

Brenton Robert Jarrett, 44, has previously claimed to be Johnny Depp’s brother, actor Skeet Ulrich and the grandson of Hollywood film director Alfred Hitchcock.

The reality is Jarrett lives in Howlong with his parents on a disability pension and uses the internet to build a fantasy world for himself.

He also has conditions as a sex offender that he keep police briefed on any changes to his personal circumstances, including online usernames and accounts.

Jarrett has a week to report any changes, but failed to tell police about subscriptions to Tinder, Kik, Sugar Daddy Meet, Sugar Elite Australia and Seeking Arrangement.

He has used the apps and sites to have sex with three women.

Officers checked in on Jarrett at his parents’ home on March 30.

He gave permission for them to look at his mobile phone and they discovered the unreported dating apps and sites and arrested him.

Police facts tendered to Albury Local Court note that without the internet, Jarrett would most likely be unable to commit his offences.

“The accused stated to police that he enjoys the fanciful, anonymous and opportunistic environment that the internet offers,” the facts state.

“The accused admitted to police to meeting with three of these women and engaging in consensual sexual intercourse following conversations had on these applications and online dating subscriptions.”

He was sentenced in Albury Local Court on Tuesday to a minimum five months in jail, backdated to his arrest in March, and a maximum term of 10 months.

 

http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/2647860/conmans-jail-reduced-by-a-month/?cs=11

Conman’s jail reduced by a month

Oct. 24, 2014, midnight

SERIAL conman Brenton Robert Jarrett yesterday had two jail terms varied for offences of failing to comply with conditions imposed on him as a registered sex offender.

Jarrett, 42, of Howlong, appeared in the District Court at Albury for severity appeals lodged after he was jailed in July.

Magistrate Tony Murray imposed 12-month jail terms with a minimum of six months for eight fraud offences.

But Jarrett was given 14 months, with a minimum of eight months, for two matters of failing to comply with conditions as a sex offender.

Solicitor Elizabeth Bushby said there were no appeals against the fraud penalties, only the other two matters.

Ms Bushby said Jarrett suffered from bipolar disorder and suffered from grandiose ideas or beliefs.

Judge Robert Cogswell varied the first breach of the registered sex offender conditions from a jail term to a three-year bond.

The second offence was altered to a 13-month jail sentence with a minimum of seven months.

He will now be eligible for release from custody on February 21 next year.

Jarrett, who has previously claimed to be Johnny Depp’s brother, US actor Skeet Ulrich and the grandson of legendary Hollywood film director Alfred Hitchcock, attended the Albury police station on May 10 to advise he had a new mobile phone number and email address at DM Productions.

Jarrett said it was his new venture, but indicated it was not a registered company.

Four days later a representative from the modelling industry contacted Albury detectives with concerns about a man named Robbie Caine, from DM Productions.

Detectives were told “Caine” had contacted a number of models’ Facebook pages and claimed he was a part-owner of the Nine Network.

He tried to organise meetings with the models on the premise of offering weather presenter positions.

The industry representative believed “Caine” was really Brenton Jarrett and told him so in a conversation.

Jarrett was put on the NSW Child Protection Register after being charged in Victoria with offences relating to a teenage girl.

He met a girl, 14, on a Sydney-bound train on January 20, 2012, said he owned a modelling agency and told her she had the looks for a model.

Jarrett and the girl exchanged text messages from January 25 to February.

 

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