Posts Tagged ‘Ipswich’



Riddler, a long-term associate of Robert Fardon made allegations that Fardon was planning to flee from the Wacol prison. Fardon was arrested for breaching the conditions of his supervision order.

Rapist’s flood hero award revoked

Posted 11 Jun 2011, 10:42am

The Queensland Government has revoked an award given to a flood volunteer because the man is a convicted rapist and armed robber.

Bob Riddler was nominated for a local hero award after helping the Shiloh Christian Church at Goodna, west of Brisbane, during the January floods.

He removed rubbish and cleaned houses in the Ipswich suburb.

He had previously served 12 years in jail and had only been released in September last year.

Mr Riddler says the Corrective Services Department was aware of his volunteer work during the floods.

But four days after being invited to attend today’s ceremony to honour disaster heroes the invitation was rescinded.

A spokesman for premier Anna Bligh says it would be inappropriate for Mr Riddler to attend the event and receive the award.

However she says the Government applauds his efforts to turn his life around.

Debbie Kilroy, from the prison support group Sisters Inside, says the decision is outrageous.

“I’d be calling on the Government to change the decision and give this man the award that he duly deserves for his assistance in the disaster,” she said.

In March the department ruled Mr Riddler was unsuitable to work as a church volunteer when going to people’s homes on his own.


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Posted: May 18, 2014 by Serendipity in Queensland
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Age:  33  (2013)

Location:  Purga/Ipswich  –  Qld

Offence:  Pleaded guilty to possessing child exploitation material stored on his computer.

Sentence:  Sentenced to six months in prison.

Other:  Humphry was found 644 still images of child exploitation material in three computer hard drives. In 2005, he was charged with the indecent treatment of a child, who was known to him and served a period of imprisonment.


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Arrest warrant issued over internet child pornography

Jason Rawlins

Updated Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:01am AEST

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Queensland man after he lost an appeal against his jail sentence for child pornography offences.

Damien Joshua Smith was sentenced to 18-months in jail, to be suspended after three months, when he pleaded guilty in the District Court in Ipswich earlier this year to using the Internet to access child pornography.

Some of the images were in the worst category.

He was granted bail pending the outcome of an appeal against the severity of his sentence.

But the Court of Appeal said the principle of general deterrence was important in Smith’s case and dismissed his appeal.

The court issued a warrant for Smith’s arrest, but it will not be executed for a week to give Smith time to hand himself in.


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Age:  23  –  2012

Location:  Bundamba/Ipswich  –  Qld

Offence:  Pleaded guilty to eight counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16, one count each of attempted carnal knowledge with a child under 16, possessing child exploitation material and using electronic communication with intent to procure a person under 16 years of age to engage in a sexual act.

Sentence:  Sentenced to two years and three months in prison to be wholly suspended after nine months.

Other:  Procured young girls for sex via Facebook.


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Man groomed girl, 14, for sex

Andrew Korner | 19th May 2009

A SEX offender’s conversion to Christianity has helped spare him from a jail sentence for the abuse of two Ipswich girls.

Brett Richard Ritchie, 40, committed sexual offences against two girls aged 14 and 13 at Redbank Plains.

Ipswich District Court heard Ritchie, who was known to both his victims, had spent weeks grooming the 14-year-old for sex.

Prosecutor Stephan McMurray said Ritchie had constantly asked the girl to have sex with him, also suggesting she write him “dirty” letters.

Ritchie finally had sexual intercourse with the girl at a sleepover party on September 10, 2000.

Earlier in the same year, Ritchie molested the 13-year-old girl on two occasions.

The court was told Ritchie had fled in 2001, but now pleaded guilty to a charge of carnal knowledge with a child under 16 and two counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16.

Mr McMurray asked Judge Greg Koppenol to consider a jail term for the offences.

But defence barrister Geoff Seaholme said his client – who now lives in Shepparton, Victoria – was a “changed man”, free of the drug and alcohol addiction that once ruled his life.

At one stage, defence counsel claimed, Ritchie had an $800 a day drug habit involving cannabis, methylamphetamine and cocaine.

Ritchie could not remember committing the offences against the two young girls, Mr Seaholme said.

In 2002 he gave up drugs and became a Christian, eventually gaining qualifications as a counsellor to those who were addicted to drugs and alcohol.

“Had this man appeared before Your Honour nine years ago, you might have seen a completely different man,” Mr Seaholme said.

“He has gone from being a drug and alcohol dependent person to someone who now helps others with drug and alcohol dependency.”

In sentencing, Judge Koppenol said it was important to remember the devastating, lasting effect Ritchie’s actions would have on his victims.

Those who sexually abused young children, Ritchie was reminded, should ordinarily expect to spend time behind bars.

But Judge Koppenol found there was adequate proof that Ritchie had changed.

Ritchie was sentenced to 12 months jail, wholly suspended for 18 months.

Age:  23 (2005)

Location:  Ipswich – Qld

Offence:  Pleaded guilty to nine counts of using the Internet to expose a child under 16 to indecent material and four counts of possessing child-abuse computer games over a three-week period in August 2003.

Sentence:  Jailed for three months, an additional three years’ probation & undertake a sex offenders’ course upon release from prison.

Other: Offered to pay a police officer, posing as a 13-year-old girl, $10 if she would let him take her virginity & tried to coax her to have a “threesome” with another 13 year old girl.

Margaritis – Luke Euthimios - Photo6


On the 2nd of September, Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie failed to have Margaritis’s sentenced increased in the Queensland Court of Appeal. He will still be eligible for parole on July 13, 2015.



Pleaded guilty to molesting a second student at St Edmund’s College.

Has had 12 months added to a four-year jail sentence. He will now be

eligible for parole on July 13, 2015.


UPDATE: Dec 2013

Had his sentenced reduced by one year. Now to serve 4 years jail.

Teacher jailed after plying student with drugs and abusing him

April 3, 2013 – 10:00AM

A former Queensland teacher has been convicted of sexually abusing a 13-year-old student after plying him with drugs and alcohol.

Luke Euthimios Margaritis was 26 when he met the boy while teaching at St Edmund’s College and arranged visits at his home in Limestone Street, Ipswich, west of Brisbane, before and after school.

There, he would give the boy alcohol and the drug amyl nitrite, an inhalant which affects consciousness and cognition.

The boy was then forced to watch pornographic films with his teacher and perform sexual acts on him, with the offences occurring between February and December 1995 but the victim only reporting the abuse to police early last year.

In sentencing the man to five years’ prison, Brisbane District Court Judge John Baulch SC said the former teacher’s behaviour had been “calculating and predatory”.


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