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Forde – William Craig

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.”

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.



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




Crowe - Richard John - Photo.

Sydney man Richard John Crowe who raped five children sentenced to 12 years’ jail

Updated 4 Sep 2015, 12:15am

A man who kidnapped and raped five children across Sydney more than two decades ago has been jailed.

In what authorities described as “every parent’s worst nightmare”, Richard John Crowe grabbed girls as young as nine off the streets and took them to remote locations, where he raped them at knifepoint.

Crowe eluded police for 25 years before cold case investigators finally cracked the case.

The 45-year-old from Riverwood was arrested last year and, after pleading guilty to multiple charges of kidnapping and sexual assault, was yesterday sentenced to a maximum of 12 years in jail.

District Court Judge Anthony Garling said the attacks were calculated and predatory.

“He set out to physically attack young girls — children — going about their daily lives, no doubt feeling safe and enjoying their youth, as they were entitled to do,” he said.

“He terrified them, changed their lives, they no longer feel safe. It has badly affected all of them.”

‘Long hard slog’ to find Crowe

The sentencing was the culmination of an exhaustive police investigation beginning in 2011.

The NSW Police Force’s Cold Case Justice Project was able to identify the same DNA at all five crime scenes and the new lead was referred to the Sex Crimes Squad. Strike Force Woolwich was formed to investigate all five matters.

Detective Superintendent Linda Howlett, who oversaw the investigation, told the ABC it took three years of hard slog to narrow down the search for the rapist.

“They went back to basics, they attended the crime scenes,” she said.

“They looked at old offender photos, checked with corrections, looked at modus operandi, not only in NSW but other states as well.

“It really was hard work. It took them a couple of years. At one stage they had a list of 13,000 persons to look at and they managed to break it down to about 116 persons, and as a result of that we identified the offender.”

Other victims of sexual assault urged to come forward

One of Crowe’s victims, Rebecca Nimmo, said she had given up hope of an arrest because it was like “finding a needle in a haystack.”

“What the police have done is unbelievable. Amazing. I never thought in a million years that this day would ever, ever happen,” she said.

Ms Nimmo was 17 years old when Crowe grabbed her from behind as she walked to work in Artarmon in 1991.

Speaking exclusively to the ABC, Ms Nimmo said Crowe threatened her with a knife and dragged her into nearby bushes.

“All I could think about were things on the news about other people that have been raped or gang raped,” she said.

“All I was doing was going ‘just let me go. I don’t care what you do to me, just let me go’.”

After the attack, Crowe told Ms Nimmo she could go, but she froze.

“I was scared he was going to chase me again. So I just froze in the bushes and just waited for him to leave the scene,” she said.

It was one of five similar attacks on young girls across Sydney between 1989 and 1991. The other girls, aged between nine and 12, were abducted from streets in the Bankstown area.

In each case, Crowe took the girls to isolated locations and raped them.

The cases were thoroughly investigated, but due to forensic limitations at the time, no-one was charged. That was until it was re-opened as a cold case.

Detective Superintendent Howlett said police wanted to encourage rape victims to come forward, no matter how long ago they were assaulted.

“Once we have an investigation we just never give up. If you commit an offence we’ll eventually track you down,” he said.

Ms Nimmo is relieved that she will no longer be looking over her shoulder for Richard Crowe.

“I have tears of joy that you’re going away. Justice has got you,” she said.

“It’s given me a sense of stability again. It’s made me feel like I’m a person again.”

She said she had decided to go public to urge other victims of sexual assault to seek help.

“Never give up. It’s not your fault. And don’t ever blame yourself because it’s out of your control,” she said.

Crowe will be eligible for parole in 2022.


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Dangerous sex offender Dennis John Lyddieth to be released from Perth jail

Updated yesterday at 9:58pm

A serial sex offender who has spent all but six months out of the past 24 years in jail has had his release from custody approved by a Supreme Court judge in Perth.

Between 1987 and 1991 Dennis John Lyddieth raped and indecently assaulted a string of women at knifepoint after breaking into their homes, mainly in Perth’s inner western suburbs.

He was sentenced to 19 years in jail but was released on parole in 2002.

He was taken back into custody five months later and his parole cancelled, after committing a number of indecent acts in public, including masturbating in public in front of women.

Lyddieth was declared a Dangerous Sex Offender just before he was due to be released in 2012, and since then has been held in custody indefinitely.

Under the Western Australian Dangerous Sexual Offenders Act, people can be held in detention past their custodial sentence if they are deemed a threat to the community.

Lyddieth has been the subject of yearly reviews, and today after the third, Justice Ralph Simmonds ruled that Lyddieth’s could be released on a strict six-year supervision order.

He will be subject to 44 conditions including that he be subject to electronic monitoring, complete a daily diary, not take drugs, report regularly to his supervisors and that he not contact his victims.

A court hearing in 2012 was told Lyddieth had described himself to a psychiatrist as “the nice rapist” and he wanted his victims to like him.

Lyddieth, who is now 64, also has various “chronic medical conditions”.

Lyddieth appeared in court via video link from Karnet prison farm and will not be released from custody until Monday.

He will be living in the Perth suburb of Tuart Hill.

The details of his address, but not the suburb where he would be living, were suppressed by the court.

Repeat rapist fails to get out of jail


October 27, 2014, 10:48 am

A repeat rapist who claimed he was too old and too ill to attack again has failed in his bid to be released from jail.

Dennis Lyddieth has served nearly 20 years in jail, following terrifying attacks on 13 women in their own homes around Perth between 1987 and 1991, and further sex offences when he was released on parole in 2002.

The judge who originally sent Lyddieth to prison described him as a “a truly dreadful menace to the young women of our community”.

In the Supreme Court today, Justice Ralph Simmonds rejected Lyddieth’s request to be released after a hearing last month was told his heart disease and diabetes, as well his age of 63, all reduced his risk of offending.

Justice Simmonds said he still considered Lyddieth too big a risk of reoffending if released, and ordered that he stay in prison. He is held at Karnet Prison Farm.

At the September hearing, psychiatrist Peter Wynn-Owen said he considered Lyddieth to be a serious risk of attacking again, saying the stresses of looking after himself outside prison could trigger an attack.

And Justice Simmonds – who sparked controversy when he released sex offender Patrick Comeagain earlier this year – was also told that while Lyddieth had made progress in prison, it was still “slight … on a scale of very, very, very small change”.

In 1992, Lyddieth was jailed for 19 years and 1 month for 48 offences including 16 counts of aggravated sexual assault, six counts of sexual assault and nine counts of indecent assault against 13 different women.

Then in 2002, after being paroled, Lyddieth was convicted for a number of indecent acts near beachgoers at Cottesloe and Hillarys.


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This is the face of a monster: Sex attacker Daryl Cook loses appeal as court bungle comes to light

  • Janet Fife-Yeomans Chief Reporter
  • The Daily Telegraph
  • October 19, 20149:00PM

A NOTORIOUS serial rapist has lost a bid for freedom and one of his victims is relieved he can now be identified.

Daryl Norman Stanley Cook’s appeal against his conviction and jail sentence was refused by the state’s highest court last month — but his name was kept secret ­because of a court blunder.

An investigation by The Daily Telegraph has revealed the Court of Criminal Appeal was wrong when it suppressed Cook’s name.

The original non-publication order — made when he first appeared before Port Macquarie Local Court in 2011 — was on the identity of his victim, not him. The identities of victims of sexual assault cannot be revealed by law.

It is understood the Court of Criminal Appeal judges did not ask to see details of the “suppression order” listed on his file. It just blocked the use of Cook’s name.

“I really want his face out there so people can see him for the monster that he is,” his victim, who Cook raped when she was a 15-year-old schoolgirl, said yesterday. “He’s going to get out one day, so people should know him.”

With “HATE” tattooed on the knuckles of his left hand, Cook, 53, has spent 30 of the past 40 years ­behind bars, the court was told.

In 2001, Cook was jailed for eight years for attempting to sexually assault a 17-year-old girl at knifepoint in a Port Macquarie toilet block.

He served the full sentence after being refused parole because he did not complete the jail sex offenders course.

His DNA was taken in jail and detectives found a match to a cold case — a similar attack on the 15-year-old girl in 1993. She was also raped at knifepoint in Port Macquarie.

Cook was convicted of the rape in 2012, despite his defence that he was a “Lothario” and a “ladies’ man”.

He had told the 15-year-old girl: “I fell in love with you the first time I saw you.” He was jailed for another seven years with a minimum of five years and three months.

Police yesterday revealed they were getting about 10 cold case hits a week as they appealed for anyone who has been sexually assaulted, or who has witnessed an assault, to contact them.


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Paedophile who had Bill Henson art sent to him jailed over child porn

  • Elissa Hunt, Mark Dunn
  • From: Herald Sun
  • July 06, 2011 6:07AM

A PAEDOPHILE who had magazines featuring the nude child photography of artist Bill Henson sent to him at a secure village for sex offenders has been jailed for keeping child pornography.

But the controversial Henson images were not illegal – unlike the 19 pictures of naked and abused children Dean Alan Lecornu had stored on mobile phones he smuggled in under the noses of supervisors.

Lecornu was yesterday jailed for 20 months for downloading child pornography on the mobile phones and breaching a supervision order imposed to protect the community from him.

The court heard that Lecornu used “arguably innocent pictures” for “depraved purposes”.

He was living under strict security with other sex offenders at Corella Place, known as the “Village of the Damned”, when he had copies of magazines including Art Monthly sent to him.

Yesterday County Court Judge Sue Pullen refused to allow Lecornu to keep the anonymity he had been afforded in the four years he has been on a supervision order.

The decision came just days after the Herald Sun launched its Open Justice campaign, seeking that laws banning the identities of offenders “in the public interest” be scrapped and hearings involving our most dangerous rapists and paedophiles be openly reported.

Judge Pullen noted that suppression of Lecornu’s name had not stopped him from offending or breaching the supervision order.

It was no longer in the public interest to keep his identity secret, the judge said.

Lecornu, 32, has a long and disturbing history including the rape of a schoolgirl and trying to attack children in school toilets at knifepoint.

The Justice Department asked for Lecornu’s name to be published after yesterday’s sentence, saying there was little evidence of rehabilitation.

The court heard he had ordered the magazines for their “material depicting near naked children … for the purpose of satisfying (his) masturbatory desires while on the Extended Supervision Order and from within Corella Place”.

After being caught with the magazines Lecornu had been warned about his behaviour but still brought in the phones and downloaded child pornography.

One of the offences happened just a week after his supervision order had been reviewed.

Staff tried to search his unit in September last year but he blocked his door and after a brief standoff staff entered and found two mobile phones.

When police came to search again in December he struggled with officers as they tried to seize another phone. A spare phone was also found.

Lecornu claimed he was bored living at Corella Place, only socialising with other sex offenders.

His lawyer had asked for Lecornu’s punishment to be “time served” with a further jail sentence suspended. But Judge Pullen said she must consider community protection and jailed him for 20 months, with a minimum of 13 months.

Henson’s work came under fire after police seized his photographs of a 13-year-old girl from a Sydney gallery in 2008. They later found he had not committed any crime.


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