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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-07/man-granted-visa-reprieve-sentenced-for-raping-melbourne-woman/8597288

New Zealand man jailed for raping Melbourne woman after failed bid to deport him

By Emma Younger

Updated 7 Jun 2017, 3:24pm

A New Zealand-born man has been jailed for raping a woman in her Melbourne home two years after the Immigration Department tried to have him deported over his violent criminal history.

Carl Stafford broke into the 53-year-old woman’s St Kilda apartment and subjected her to a 45-minute attack in which she was raped, taunted and mocked.

The 42-year-old was sentenced to 10 years’ jail over the August 2015 attack, which took place two years after the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) overturned the cancellation of his visa.

An Immigration Department official had tried to have Stafford deported in 2013, by which time he had accumulated a lengthy and violent criminal history that began when he was a teenager.

But the AAT overturned the decision, despite finding he “does pose a risk that the Australian community deserves to be protected from”.

Rapist’s mother used home as brothel

In his 2013 ruling, a senior member of the AAT, John Handley, said Stafford had arrived in Australia as a three-year-old and it was virtually the only country he had ever known.

“He has no friends or family in New Zealand to offer support and all those close to him reside in Australia,” he said.

“In addition to his substance abuse, the applicant suffers from mental illness for which he needs ongoing treatment and support.”

Stafford moved to Australia with his sex worker mother, who used his childhood home as a brothel.

Mr Handley found welfare agencies had failed to intervene, something which could have prevented his life of drug abuse and crime.

“Much of his offending was impulsive and connected with his poor mental health,” Mr Handley said.

“The Australian community should bear some responsibility for the absence of intervention and should not, in my view, dismiss the applicant by returning him to his place of birth.”

‘I’ve been watching you’, Stafford told victim

The Victorian County Court heard Stafford had smoked ice in the hours before he broke into the woman’s home and was intending to steal.

Stafford has had a methamphetamine addiction since he was a teenager.

The woman woke up to hear her attacker at about 2:00am, and yelled out to him.

The court was told Stafford raped the woman in an opportunistic and prolonged attack in which he told her: “I know you live by yourself, I’ve been watching you.”

It took the woman about 45 minutes to escape her home and flag down a taxi driver for help.

Police arrested Stafford as he tried to leave the woman’s home with her mobile phone.

He initially denied breaking in or attacking his victim, but eventually pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and one charge of aggravated burglary.

The court was told Stafford’s victim had lost all sense of security.

Poor prospects of rehabilitation

Judge David Brookes said Stafford’s prospects of rehabilitation were dependant on him abstaining from drugs and remaining on medication for schizophrenia.

In allowing him to stay in Australia in 2013, Mr Handley said Stafford would face “considerable difficulty” fighting the cancellation of his visa if he committed further crimes.

During the review, Stafford had told him: “I know this is the last chance, I’m too old to keep offending.”

“If I can stay, I will not let you down,” Stafford told Mr Handley.

Stafford will be eligible for parole in seven years.

The AAT said it did not comment on individual cases.

 

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https://au.news.yahoo.com/vic/a/26524358/ex-vic-magistrate-must-pay-for-crime/

Ex Vic magistrate must pay for crime

March 5, 2015, 11:29 am

A former Melbourne magistrate who indecently assaulted two teenage boys in the 1980s has been ordered to pay one of his victims more than $70,000 compensation.

Simon Mitchell Cooper, 57, in 2013 pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assault and was handed a suspended three-year jail term for his crimes committed in the 1980s.

One of his victims, who cannot be named, filed an application for compensation, saying he needed ongoing treatment for the psychological damage he suffered as a result of the attacks.

The victim, who was aged between 17 and 18 at the time of the assaults, said he had suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and a major depressive disorder.

Victorian County Court Judge Christopher O’Neill ordered Cooper to pay the victim $65,000 for pain and suffering, plus $2772 for past treatment and $6220 for future treatment.

Speaking outside the court on Thursday, the victim said the good thing about the result was the exposure gave other victims the belief to step forward.

“This will send another sign to the community that everybody should have confidence in the system, the judges, the courts, the police, to step forward and just tell their truth,” the victim said.

“There’s nothing to be scared about.

“For me, unfortunately, I’ve kept this inside for 35 years and I’m paying that price.”

Cooper, a former criminal prosecutor, became a magistrate in February 2012 but resigned following his arrest in 2013.

 

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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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Posted: September 4, 2014 by Serendipity in Victoria
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http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/09/01/rapist-controlled-melbourne-womans-life

Rapist controlled Melbourne woman’s life

1 Sep 2014 – 3:25 PM

A homeless rapist told a woman “you’re mine now” after forcing his way into her Melbourne home and taking a key so he could come and go as he pleased.

Rodney Beckett, 58, was jailed for more than a decade for exerting what a judge described as “brutal dominance” over the woman’s life.

Beckett shoved the woman through the front door of her house, creeping up behind her as she returned home one night in August 2010.

He told her he was staying the night, beat her, dragged her around the house by her hair and raped her in her own bed.

The next morning he told her “you’re mine now” and took a key to the house.

Between September and November 2010, Beckett turned up at the woman’s home as he pleased, and threatened to kill her or harm her family if she told police.

She finally went to police in late November and Beckett was arrested.

Victorian County Court Judge Liz Gaynor said the woman’s fear of Beckett had consumed her life.

“She had her life brutally taken over for several months during which she clearly lived in abject fear of you,” Judge Gaynor told Beckett on Monday.

Judge Gaynor said the woman had since lost her long-term job, was fearful of leaving home and lived in perpetual fear of Beckett’s return.

While in custody, Beckett also admitted to raping another woman in 1987, after following her home from a Melbourne pub.

That victim, now in her 70s, said in a victim impact statement she turned to alcohol for solace after the violent rape and has never recovered.

“These women did nothing to deserve the ruination you bought to their lives,” Judge Gaynor said.

The judge jailed Beckett for 10 years and two months for a series of charges including rape, false imprisonment and stalking.

Beckett was an alcoholic living in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens at the time he took the woman’s house key.

Judge Gaynor said he has spent a total of 16 years in jail throughout his life on convictions including rape and armed robbery.

She said he had battled alcoholism since age 12 and after suffering physical abuse at the hands of his step father.

Beckett, who has been in custody since November 2010, must serve a minimum of eight years in jail.

 

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-13/man-jailed-for-exploiting-poverty-stricken-children/5669120

Brett Le Gassick: Melbourne man jailed for exploiting poverty-stricken children in Philippines

By court reporter Peta Carlyon

Thu 14 Aug 2014, 10:59am

A Melbourne man has been jailed for 11 years for sexually exploiting children living in poverty in the Philippines.

Brett Le Gassick, 43, pleaded guilty in the Victorian County Court to 23 Commonwealth child sex offences.

The court heard between 2009 and November 2013 he procured 54 young girls, most between 10 and 12, to engage in sexual activities while he watched online from his home the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick.

He also exposed himself to his victims, the youngest of whom was four years old.

Le Gassick also pleaded guilty to two Victorian charges of possessing and producing child pornography.

The court heard he made 56 international bank transfers to accounts in the Philippines.

He flew to Manila in 2012 but was denied entry and returned to Australia the following day.

The court heard he had planned to stay for 20 days, had packed condoms and had written “clean PC” on a to-do list.

He had asked some of the girls if they would meet him to have sex if he travelled to the Philippines.

In sentencing, Justice Elizabeth Gaynor told Le Gassick his offending involved “the wholesale exploitation of vulnerable poverty-stricken children, whose willingness to engage in the activities for which you paid only highlighted the desperateness of their situation.”

“The number of victims was extremely large… the amount of damage done to these girls as a result of your criminal activity is incalculable,” she said.

“It is horrendous that the lives of these children, who must already navigate enormous problems brought about by their socio-economic position in life, should be rendered so much more difficult by the sexual exploitation and degradation they experience and their suffering is immense.”

Justice Gaynor said the only appropriate sentence was a lengthy term of imprisonment.

Le Gassick will be eligible for parole in eight years.

His sentencing follows a similar case of Melbourne Patrick Goggins, 68, last month.

Goggins pleaded guilty to more than 20 child sex offences involving the exploitation of young children in the Philippines and was also jailed for 11 years.

 

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/man-pursued-83-filipino-kids-for-web-sex/story-e6frfku9-1227018208714

Man paid for Filipino kids web sex shows

August 08, 2014 5:30PM

AN Australian man who paid Filipino children as young as nine for online sex shows would try to barter down the cost of the performances from his desperate victims.

MELBOURNE truck driver Brett Geoffrey Le Gassick, 43, used chatrooms to pursue 83 children in the Philippines for sex shows and explicit conversations.

He paid dozens of young girls between $20 and $35 to act out sexual instructions using webcams.

Crown prosecutor Morgan Brown said the children’s participation in the offending highlighted how desperate they were.

“Instead of viewing these victims as children, they’re essentially commodities,” Ms Brown told the Victorian County Court on Friday.

“When negotiating these sex shows the accused barters to get a better price.”

Le Gassick also attempted to pay for two under-age children to engage in a sex act with a 32-year-old, the court heard.

At times he paid for sex shows only to have the girls walk away once the money was transferred.

In 2012 he spent four months trying to recover $30 that he paid for a 22-year-old man to have sex with a 10-year-old girl, telling the man he was going to close his bank account because of the scam.

“So many poor families not getting my money anymore cos of scammers like you, I hope you feel good that you take food from all their mouths,” Le Gassick wrote.

He told a 12-year-old girl who took money but didn’t perform: “You bad to me. Keep do that you go to jail.”

He also used screen shots of the sex performances to produce child pornography.

When police raided his Brunswick home in January they found 567 child porn images and 20 videos, the court heard.

Defence barrister Steve Preece said Le Gassick knew what he was doing was wrong but told himself the fact he was “helping” the children by paying them was a “silver lining”.

He said Le Gassick had initially engaged with online chat groups to find a partner.

“He lives a very lonely life,” Mr Preece said.

Le Gassick on Friday pleaded guilty to 25 offences relating to causing and procuring a child for sexual activity.

Judge Elizabeth Gaynor said if Le Gassick had been sent to a sex offender program after being jailed in 2007 for possessing child porn it might have made a difference.

“Inaccessibility of appropriate programs is really a worry,” Judge Gaynor said.

“You’re so often dealing with people whose capacity to be deterred by a jail sentence simply isn’t there.”

Le Gassick will be sentenced next week.

 

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http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/2377247/no-show-so-to-jail-you-go/?cs=11

No-show so to jail you go

June 26, 2014, midnight

A CONVICTED sex offender from Victoria was stunned this week when an Albury court jailed him for two months for failing to tell authorities he had moved from Albury to Wodonga and then to Melbourne.

Jaden Mitchell Mills, 30, charged with failing to comply with reporting obligations, had pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared in Albury Local Court charge in April.

On Tuesday when he appeared for sentencing, magistrate Tony Murray told him an intensive corrections order and home detention could not be considered.

Mr Murray said it was a serious offence and imposed a two-month jail term.

Mills, stunned by the penalty, said: “What? Jail?”.

As two officers escorted him from court, Mills said: “Are you fair dinkum?”.

Mills is on a register under the Child Protection Act for life, requiring him to report to police every 12 months. He was convicted in 2007 for sexual assault with violence.

Mills lived in Albury for some time and reported to police there in November 2012. He failed to report last year.

Authorities tracked him to the Melbourne suburb of Croydon after discovering he had lived in Tourmaline Drive, Wodonga, for some time without notifying them.

Yesterday, he also appeared in Albury before another magistrate, Megan Greenwood, seeking appeal bail.

Police prosecutor Sgt Shannon Lewis said Mills had left NSW and it was three months before police had found him.

“In my submission, he does face a custodial penalty of sorts,” Sgt Lewis said.

She said a surety and reporting conditions could negate the risk of Mills failing to attend and it could protect the public.

Ms Greenwood said there were two unacceptable risks, one being would Mills attend court for his appeal and the other he could be a danger to the community.

“I am concerned about the risk to the community,” she said.

“This is not a simple non-compliance.

“The police had to go to some lengths to find him.”

Mills was released on $5000 bail if he reported to Croydon police three times a week.

The court was told in tendered facts that Mills had reported to police in Albury on November 29, 2012, for his annual compliance.

At the time, he was living in Pemberton Street, had work at a retail store and provided police with a phone number and two mobile numbers.

But Mills failed to report last November and did not advise police of any change in his circumstances.

A check revealed his residence was vacant and two of the nominated phone numbers had been disconnected.

Calls to the other number remained unanswered.

Police finally spoke to him by phone on February 26 and Mills told them he was living at Croydon.

 


 

UPDATED: DECEMBER 2014

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/12/16/vic-pedophile-priest-walk-free-weeks

16 Dec 2014 – 7:44pm

Vic pedophile priest to walk free in weeks

An 88-year-old Catholic priest who sexually abused an alter boy in Melbourne in the 1970s will walk free from jail within weeks, after successfully appealing the length of his sentence.

The now-retired priest, James Henry Scannell, had served 138 days of his two year sentence when the Victorian Court of Appeal reduced his jail time to 15 months, with 10 months of this suspended.

Scannell was found guilty of a single charge of buggery by a Victorian County Court jury in July, and he continues to deny committing the assault.

The joint ruling by Justices Mark Weinberg, Phillip Priest, Lex Lasry on Tuesday rejected Scannell’s bid to have his conviction overturned but did allow a reduction in his prison term.

Scannell’s was originally required him to serve at least 12 months before being eligible for parole.

Under the reduced sentence, he will be released within weeks.

Scannell committed the abuse during a sexual education lesson more than 40 years ago.

He was asked by a long-time friend and member of his East Kew parish to discuss puberty with the boy.

Instead, Scannell, wearing only a dressing gown, led the boy into his bedroom, stripped him naked and sexually abused him.

The victim came forward in 2010 when he learnt Scannell was to conduct his aunt’s funeral.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-07/victorian-catholic-priest-88-jailed-for-raping-boy-in-1970s/5655446

Victorian Catholic priest, 88, jailed for two years for raping boy

By court reporter Peta Carlyon

Thu 7 Aug 2014, 3:55pm

An 88-year-old Victorian Catholic priest has been sentenced to two years in jail for raping a boy more than 40 years ago.

James Scannell was convicted in the Victorian County Court of one charge of raping the 12-year-old while he was working in Kew in the early 1970s.

The court heard that Scannell had always denied the offence and had shown no remorse.

The priest suffered from a series of serious health problems, including a heart condition and cancer, the court heard.

Scannell joined the church as a Marist Brother in 1945 and served as a priest for almost 50 years, working in parishes around Melbourne, including Warburton, Brighton, Flemington and Geelong.

His lawyer told the court his client dedicated his life to serving the community and had set up an important education program for autistic children.

But Judge David Parsons said Scannell was guilty of a serious breach of trust and that he had no choice but to sentence the elderly priest to an immediate term of imprisonment.

Although Scannell was suspended last year, the church had yet to revoke his religious orders.

His credentials for working with children were only revoked last year.

Bernard Barrett, a representative from victims’ advocacy group Broken Rites, said Scannell’s victim had waited a long time for justice.

“The guilty parties covered this up all these years,” he said.

Dr Barrett said the conviction raised serious questions about whether the Melbourne Archdiocese knew about Scannell’s offending and what they would do in response to his jailing.

“[Scannell] has been a priest in the Melbourne Archdiocese for 50 years, including working with disabled children,” Dr Barrett said.

“Questions need to be asked of the Melbourne Archdiocese about how and why this sort of thing could have happened and how it’s taken all these years for it to come out.

“Why is it that victims always feel as though they must remain silent, when the offender is a priest or some sort of church person?

“He’s still listed in the current edition of the Annual Australian Catholic Directory, as Reverend Father Scannell, past or emeritus, a distinguished priest.”

Scannell will be eligible for parole in 12 months.

 

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