Posts Tagged ‘George Town’


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Location:   Waverley  –  TAS

Offence:    Found guilty on two counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a person under 17,  guilty of committing an indecent act with a person under 17 years and guilty of indecent assault & guilty of an indecent act, which related to grabbing a boy’s hand and placing it on his penis.

Sentence:  Sentenced to imprisonment for 3 years 6 months from 15 February 2007 and it is ordered that he is not to be eligible for parole until he has served 1 year 9 months of that imprisonment.

Other:   Edwards would bribe the children with treats such as McDonald’s food, showbags, teddies and cigarettes in return for oral sex and fondling.

Edwards pleaded guilty to two counts of loitering near children in 2013.. He was arrested after loitering near children on two occasions at Low Head the previous November.





Minney - Anthony John - Photoa


Found not guilty of loitering near children after entering a College at lunchtime.

Child sex offender requests jail

Updated September 13, 2011 09:46:46

A court in Launceston has heard a child sex offender who has been jailed for loitering near children had asked police to send him to prison.

Anthony John Minney has been sentenced to 14 months in prison, after he pleaded guilty to loitering near children in May.

The 35-year-old was arrested outside the Door of Hope church in Launceston, near three children who were playing under the supervision of an adult.

Magistrate Robert Pearce told the court Minney is a paranoid schizophrenic and is a high risk of reoffending.

He was jailed for two and a half years in 2003 for indecently assaulting a nine-year-old girl and received a suspended sentence when he was convicted of loitering near children last year.

Mr Pearce ordered him to serve two months of the suspended sentence and imposed another 12 months.

Child molester release shock

NICK CLARK   |   November 05, 2010 12.01am

THE State Opposition yesterday expressed horror at a convicted pedophile having his jail sentence suspended.

Opposition justice spokeswoman Vanessa Goodwin said Tasmanian children deserved better protection.

“It is extremely disturbing to read reports that a man with a history of sexual offending has received a suspended prison sentence, in spite of a psychologist’s report confirming that there is a substantial risk that the man will reoffend,” Ms Goodwin said.

Anthony John Minney, 34, received the suspended two-month sentence in the Launceston Magistrates Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to loitering near children.

Ms Goodwin said he could not be required to participate in a sex offender treatment program because there were none for community-based offenders.

She said all offenders should undergo treatment whether they were in jail or not.

Last night Corrections Minister Nick McKim said plans were under way to implement a community-based sex offender treatment program. Mr McKim said a project manager had been appointed to develop and put in place a range of programs for offenders in the community.

Minney has a record of prior convictions going back to 1991 and the Crown once applied for him to be classified as a dangerous criminal, allowing indefinite imprisonment.

He pleaded guilty in the Launceston Magistrates Court this week to loitering near children in 2008, six years after receiving a total sentence of three years and four months for two counts of indecent assault.

In 2001 Minney indecently assaulted a 10-year-old girl at a church meeting at George Town.

After being released on bail by police he walked all night to Launceston and approached a nine-year-old girl who had been dropped off at the Glen Dhu Primary school.

He walked her to the school oval where he molested her.

In 2001 the court heard that Minney was receiving no medication or treatment.

Sexual Assault Support Service manager Liz Little said yesterday that offenders should be subject to intensive case management.

Sex offender sought Viagra, prostitute in jail, court hears

July 2, 2003, 2 p.m.

Anthony John Minney, 27, had been found guilty in the Launceston Magistrates Court on May 13 of two indecent assault charges.

Minney’s case was moved to the Supreme Court for sentence after Crown prosecutor John Ransom successfully applied to chief magistrate Arnold Shott for a switch to allow a further application that Minney be declared a dangerous criminal.

The application could only have been made in the Supreme Court.

Minney lost an appeal against the Supreme Court sentencing bid last week.

Yesterday, prosecution and defence counsel made lengthy closing submissions in the case.

Crown prosecutor John Ransom said that, while Minney was not mentally ill, “a number of behavioural issues have to be dealt with in a custodial environment”.

“He will not admit to doing anything wrong, it is difficult to consider rehabilitation of the offender when he won’t admit that he has done anything wrong,” Mr Ransom said.

“He needs to learn new social skills; in prison he said he wants a prostitute and Viagra.”

Minney’s defence counsel Simon Brown said that it could not be demonstrated that the level of violence “is significant or serious”.

“Section 19 of the Sentencing Act is about protecting the public from physical harm; to declare anyone a dangerous criminal is a last gasp,” Mr Brown said.

Mr Brown conceded that, in a medical report, Minney presented “as someone of borderline intellect and having a personality disorder”.

Minney is to be sentenced on August 1.


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Michael John Bennett

Posted: October 17, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Tasmania
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Berridale man jailed over ‘callous’ child sex assault

Posted Fri Mar 12, 2004 2:00pm AEDT

A Tasmanian Criminal Court judge has described the abduction and sexual assault of a young girl in George Town, in the state’s north, 14 years ago, as a disgraceful and callous crime.

Michael John Bennett, 48, of Berridale, was sentenced this morning.

In court last month, Bennett pleaded guilty to entering the then four-year-old girl’s house through an open window, abducting her and sexually assaulting her.

Today, the court was told Bennett broke down when he was told of the significant impact his actions had on his victim.

Defence lawyer Rochelle Mainwaring told Chief Justice William Cox that Bennett had served a jail term for another sexual assault.

She said that sentence had a substantial effect on Bennett, who began to rehabilitate himself by reducing his drinking and finding stable employment upon his release in 1993.

Justice Cox said he understood Bennett felt remorse for his actions, but said this did not lessen the gravity of the crimes.

Bennett was given a five year prison sentence, with a non-parole period of three years.

Last Update: Thursday, February 26, 2004. 11:39am (AEDT)

DNA solves 14-year-old sexual assault case

Legislation providing for the cross matching of DNA from crime scenes has led to the solving of a 14-year-old abduction and sexual assault of a young northern Tasmanian girl.

Michael John Bennett, 49, of Berriedale pleaded guilty in the Criminal Court in Hobart to committing the crimes at George Town in 1990.

The court heard the then 35-year-old had been watching pornographic videos and drinking in his flat when he decided to go out and seek a sexual partner.

Crown prosecutor Linda Mason told the court Bennett entered the young girl’s house through an open window and took the sleeping four-year-old from her bed.

She was taken to the nearby waterfront where Bennett sexually assaulted her, before leaving the toddler to fend for herself.

She was later found crying and walking home.

Ms Mason told the court that three months later Bennett raped a young woman and was sentenced to five years jail.

A psychiatric report was ordered and Bennett was remanded in custody to be sentenced on a date to be fixed.


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