Posts Tagged ‘District Court’


 

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.

 

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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.

 

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http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/03/02/14/22/sa-pedophile-s-internet-use-restricted

4:10pm March 2, 2017

SA pedophile’s internet use restricted

By AAP

The internet is now so integral to people’s daily lives that a convicted pedophile should be allowed to go online, a South Australian Supreme Court judge has ruled.

However, 39-year-old Darren Graetz has been banned from using the internet to talk to “vulnerable women” with children even though he has served his prison sentence.

Graetz was jailed for indecently assaulting a 12-year-old intellectually disabled boy in 2014 and upon his release last year, the state attorney-general applied for an extended supervision order.

This order was made on Thursday with conditions restricting his internet use, making him wear an electronic monitoring device for three years, and prohibiting all contact with children under the age of 13.

The attorney-general wanted to ban Graetz from using the internet entirely but the judge did not accept this, saying the web was a “necessity to operating in the contemporary world”.

“It seems to be a fact of contemporary life,” Justice Stanley said on Thursday.

“So many things require access to the internet. All sorts of institutions discourage you from contacting them not on the internet, like banks and Centrelink.

“A complete blanket ban strikes me as too draconian an interference to the liberty of the individual.”

The attorney-general’s lawyer then sought to at least ban Graetz from looking at all pictures of children online but defence lawyer Helen Luu argued this was too broad.

“It doesn’t address the situation where Mr Graetz might be viewing an online catalogue for Woolworths and there’s a picture of a young child,” Ms Luu said.

The judge agreed, rejecting this condition, but he did restrict Graetz from using the internet to form relationships with “vulnerable” single mothers.

Ms Luu argued that Graetz should be allowed pursue relationships with women and that those around his age were likely to have young children and might be lonely.

But the court heard Graetz had been chatting online to mothers of young children since his release from prison, which the judge found “disturbing”.

Graetz was jailed for one year and 10 months for the 2014 indecent assault and was previously convicted of unlawful sexual intercourse with a two-year-old girl in 1999.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-19/sex-offender-darren-graetz-supervision-conditions-in-court/7859390

Sex offender’s extended supervision conditions might be decided after leaving SA prison

By Rebecca Opie

Posted 19 Sep 2016, 7:09pm

A Whyalla man jailed for indecently assaulting a young intellectually disabled boy has a high risk of reoffending if he is released on parole without supervision, a Supreme Court has heard.

South Australia’s Attorney-General has used the relatively new power of applying to the Supreme Court for an extended supervision order for Darren Graetz, who has a history of serious sexual offences against children.

Legislation passed by the South Australian Parliament early last year gives the Attorney-General the power to apply for an extended supervision order for a serious sexual or violent offender.

The conditions of the order can include electronic monitoring or restricted communications with specific people, and can remain in place for up to five years.

Justice Tim Stanley on Monday granted an interim supervision order.

Counsel for the Attorney-General raised concerns in court that the extended supervision order might not be determined before Graetz was released on parole.

Graetz was granted parole earlier this month but remains in Port Lincoln Prison while suitable accommodation is sought.

Boy kicked and fondled by Graetz

On Monday, the court heard Graetz was last year convicted of common assault and aggravated indecent assault against a 12-year-old intellectually disabled boy.

“He became quite angry with the child and kicked the child,” the court heard.

“During the night he put his hands down the child’s trousers and fondled him.”

The court heard Graetz was also convicted in 1999 for unlawful sexual intercourse against a person under the age of 12 and that the victim was two years old.

Counsel for the Attorney-General argued that while Graetz had undergone counselling and participated in a sexual behaviour program, he had limited insight into his diagnosed paedophilic disorder.

“The expert opinion is that for the respondent to reside in the community there must be specific conditions in place to limit the risk of the respondent committing a further sexual offence and to monitor him.”

Graetz’s lawyer Helen Luu argued that a psychological report from 2015 was not relevant and the prosecution’s choice of description as “a number of serious sexual offences” was misleading.

The court ordered a new professional report to examine the likelihood of Graetz reoffending.

The matter will return to court in November.

 

http://www.news.com.au/national/south-australia/man-jailed-for-sexually-abusing-intellectually-disabled-boy-who-was-mourning-the-cancer-death-of-his-stepfather/story-fnii5yv4-1227359278314

Man jailed for sexually abusing intellectually disabled boy who was mourning the cancer death of his stepfather

  • 20 hours ago May 18, 2015 5:16PM

A MAN who sexually abused an intellectually disabled boy who was mourning the loss of his stepfather has been jailed.

Darren Graetz, 37, of Whyalla, had pleaded guilty to one count each of indecent assault and assault against the 12-year-old boy in June last year.

In sentencing, District Court Judge Gordon Barrett said the boy had been devastated by the cancer death of his stepfather just months before Graetz abused him.

“Due to the death of her partner in February 2014 and the difficulty of looking after an intellectually retarded boy, the mother was grateful when you offered to let that boy stay at your place with your wife and children,” he said.

Judge Barrett said Graetz had lost his temper on one occasion and kicked the boy, but more seriously, had also indecently assaulted him.

“The mother’s victim impact statement makes very sad reading,” he said.

“The boy was already devastated by the death of his stepfather in February.”

Judge Barrett said, because of his intellectual disabilities, the boy did not fully comprehend what Graetz had done to him.

“He is going to have to undergo counselling to help him get through the consequences of what you have done,” he said.

“Your offending was a gross breach of trust against the mother, particularly given the death of the stepfather so soon before, and it is made worse by the intellectual disabilities of the boy.”

The court heard Graetz had previously served a suspended jail sentence for committing unlawful sexual intercourse against a two-year-old girl in 1998.

Judge Barrett sentenced Graetz to one year and ten months jail with a non-parole period of nine months, after deducting time already served on home detention.

 

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http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/1547830/horny-teacher-jailed-for-sex-offence/?cs=11

‘Horny’ teacher jailed for sex offence

4 Jun 2013, midnight

A FORMER Albury teacher, who called himself “Mick Horny” and made sexually suggestive online comments to a girl, 14, has been jailed until November next year.

Paul Edward Mills, who taught music at Murray High School, was sentenced by District Court judge Colin Charteris.

He had pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to procure a person under 16, using a carriage service to transmit indecent communication to someone under 16 and having child abuse material.

Mills, of Thurgoona, was jailed for from nine to 24 months and will be in prison until at least November 23, next year.

He will have to remain of good behaviour for 3½ years as part of the sentence.

Mills, 46, had been on bail until May 24 and was sentenced in Sydney last Thursday.

He had pleaded guilty in Albury Local Court on February 19.

Mills was suspended that day without pay by the Education Department and was fired the following day and put on a list stating he should not be employed again.

He had been removed from the school and classrooms as soon as the original charges were laid.

An Education Department spokesman said Mills’ performance and conduct had not previously been subject to suspicion.

Mills had been caught after a tip-off from US detectives examining an “inappropriate conversation” with a girl, 15, in Illinois.

Officers from the child exploitation unit posed as a sexually naive girl, 14, and began online communications with Mills.

Mills used the social network name “Mick Horny” and his profile picture was a penis.

He asked sexually inappropriate and explicit questions online during a series of recorded conversations.

They included Mills making sexual instructions to the girl and highly inappropriate comments.

Officers from the child exploitation internet unit went to Mills’ home at 6.50am on July 9 last year with a search warrant and arrested him.

He was found to have child pornography with images of children as young as three.

Mills made full admissions about what he had done but claimed he thought 14 was legal.

 

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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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http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/08/07/13/22/former-families-sa-childcare-worker-jailed-over-child-sex-abuse

1:22pm August 7, 2015

Former Families SA childcare worker to spend at least 28 years behind bars over ‘depraved and sickening’ child sex abuse

A former Families SA childcare worker who admitted to multiple child sex and child pornography offences has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Family and supporters of Shannon Grant McCoole’s victims applauded in the South Australian District Court today as he was sentenced.

McCoole, 33, pleaded guilty in February to multiple child sex offences committed over a three-year period from mid-2011 against seven young boys and girls under his care.

He will serve at least 28 years behind bars.

In sentencing McCoole, the Judge Paul Rice said the accused appeared to lack a “moral compass”.

“Some people may describe your crimes as sick, but I prefer evil,” Mr Rice said.

“What is plain is that the impact on these children is not in the past.

“It is immediate and ongoing and continually unfolding as they grow up.”

McCoole was entitled to a 40 percent discount on his sentence due to his guilty plea, but this was reduced to 30 percent in sentencing.

“The extent of you offending is depraved and sickening in the extreme,” Mr Rice told McCoole.

“Only limited weight should be given to your prior good character.

“You had plenty of opportunity to stop.

“To reduce your sentence by the whole 40 percent would be so disproportionate to your offending, it would shock the public conscience.”

The court heard today around 52,000 images and a website made up much of the case against McCoole.

On the site, frequented by at least 1000 pedophiles around the world, McCoole issued “pep talks” on abusing children to his followers.

He listed his occupation as “sex instructor” and his interests as “sex, sex, sex, a bit more sex”.

 

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Colin James Ambrym

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http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/3129487/512-years-for-sexual-assault/

5½ years for sexual assault

June 6, 2015, midnight

AN Albury man, who sexually assaulted a teenage girl after breaking into her family’s home intending to steal items, has been jailed for 5½ years.

Judge Gordon Lerve sentenced Colin James Ambrym in the District Court at Albury and imposed a minimum term of 3½ years on a charge of aggravated break and enter committing a serious indictable offence of depriving someone’s liberty.

The sentence was backdated to the date of Ambrym’s arrest and his earliest possible release is April 3, 2018.

Ambrym was identified from a fingprint left on a lap-top computer and DNA from the girl.

The random home invasion happened in central Albury on June 21 last year when the victim, 15, was at home alone.

She was sitting on a couch in the lounge room with her dog when Ambrym entered the house through a closed, but unlocked back door.

The dog began to growl and the victim saw Ambrym standing inside the house carrying her laptop, a DS game console and mobile phone in his arms.

When he saw her, Ambrym put the items down and put his hand over the girl’s mouth to stop her making any noise or calling for help.

He walked the victim towards the kitchen-dining area with his hand still covering her mouth.

Ambrym said he was not going to rape or harm her and indicated he was leaving.

He said he had to tie her up before leaving and indicated for her to take off her jacket.

His hands were put on the victim’s waist as he escorted her to the bathroom.

The victim took off her jacket, top and jeans and was hoping Ambrym would leave.

But he asked the girl’s age, was told and put his hand inside her underwear.

The victim’s father arrived home while that was happening and Ambrym was alerted by noise.

He ran from the house, jumped a back fence and the victim told her father what had happened.

A call was made to police, who established a crime scene and Ambrym’s fingerprint was found on the computer.

The victim was taken to the Albury hospital for examination and a swab from inside her underwear positively matched Ambrym’s DNA.

Two days later an arrest warrant was issued for Ambrym and police released a photograph of him to the media to assist in finding him.

 

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