Posts Tagged ‘Perth’


 

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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UPDATED:  NOVEMBER 2016

District Court Judge Stephen Scott has sentenced Atkinson to 15 years’ jail. He made Atkinson eligible for parole after 13 years & imposed violence restraining order which prevents him from going near the victims.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-15/darren-atkinson-pleads-guilty-over-1990s-sexual-assaults/7513116

Darren Atkinson pleads guilty over 1990s sexual assaults

Updated 15 Jun 2016, 2:29pm

A 43-year-old Perth man has pleaded guilty to two separate sex attacks on women in their own homes in the late 1990s.

Darren Robert Atkinson was only charged with the offences this year.

In June 1997 he broke into the home of a woman in the southern Perth suburb of Queens Park and threatened to kill her before sexually assaulting her.

In July 1999 he broke into the home of a second woman in Tuart Hill and also threatened to kill her before repeatedly sexually assaulting her.

Atkinson appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court via video link from Casuarina prison today and pleaded guilty to nine charges including deprivation of liberty and aggravated sexual penetration.

He was remanded in custody until he faces the District Court in August.

 

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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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UPDATED:  NOVEMBER 2015

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-06/dangerous-sex-offender-dennis-john-lyddieth-to-be-released/6918900

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.

 

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/25358670/repeat-rapist-fails-to-get-out-of-jail/

Repeat rapist fails to get out of jail

TIM CLARKE

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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http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/octogenarian-child-sex-offender-likely-to-offend-again-perth-court-told-as-judge-jails-him/story-fnhocxo3-1227055535254

Octogenarian child sex offender likely to offend again, Perth court told as judge jails him

  • CALLA WAHLQUIST
  • PerthNow
  • September 11, 2014 2:45PM

AN ELDERLY man who sexually abused a 10-year-old girl when he was 80-years-old has a three-in-10 chance of reoffending, a Perth Court has been told.

Raymond Herbert Tomlinson, now 84, coerced the 10-year-old girl to lie naked from the waist down with him when she visited his house to deliver Christmas Cards in 2010.

He had asked her for a “cuddle”, and told her to close the blinds.

He then rubbed his genitals against hers, and told her to lie still when she asked him to stop.

Tomlinson pleaded guilty to two counts of indecently dealing with a child under 13-years of age and was sentenced at the District Court in Perth this morning.

He has two prior convictions for child sex abuse, dating back to 1974, when he was 44-years-old, and 1991, when he was 61-years-old.

In his sentencing remarks, Justice John Bowden said a psychological report prepared for the court said that Tomlinson denied he was sexually attracted to children or had done anything wrong.

“(The report said) that you use your Christian values as justification, you perceive your actions as acceptable, you perceive that you’re an invaluable member of society that helps others, and that you think that you’re being misunderstood and persecuted,” Justice Bowden said.

“And it’s said that you have a three-in-10 chance of sexual offending within a five-year period.”

Tomlinson met the girl at a Girrawheen church group that assists vulnerable people.

He befriended her and she visited his house several times, before the abuse occurred.

Justice Bowden said that despite Tomlinson’s age, ill health and suspected impotence, his record and likelihood of reoffending meant he could not escape jail time.

“I accept that the medical evidence establishes that you’re impotent,” he said.

“But that doesn’t stop you from having sexual desires, although it may affect the physical manifestation of those desires.”

Tomlinson was sentenced to 12 months jail. He will be eligible for parole in March.

 

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Suspended sentence for sexual abuse of mentally impaired girl overturned

By Jacob Kagi

Wed 27 Aug 2014, 5:30pm

A man who sexually abused a mentally impaired child has had his suspended sentenced overturned by Western Australia’s highest court.

The Court of Appeal today overturned the 18-month suspended sentence handed to Kenneth Raymond Hassell for the 2012 abuse of a 10-year-old girl in Pinjarra.

Hassell will instead begin serving an 18-month jail term from today, after the court upheld an appeal lodged by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Justice Stephen Hall said there was an “obvious disconnect” between the seriousness of the offences and the original suspended prison term, noting the victim’s vulnerability through her learning difficulties and Hassell’s lack of remorse.

Hassell, who was 59 at the time of the offences, kissed and indecently touched the girl in a sexual way and also threatened to kill her.

He was convicted earlier this year of two counts of indecent dealing with a child.

The incidents took place at a friend’s house, which Hassell had been visiting, as had the girl and her mother.

When confronted by friends about the offences after the victim told her mother, the court was told Hassell said words to the effect of “she came onto me”.

He was then assaulted by another man at the house and suffered two broken toes.

Hassell told police he was highly intoxicated at the time.

He was made eligible for parole.


http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/scarborough-man-jailed-for-importing-child-porn-images-20081118-6abw.html

Scarborough man jailed for importing child porn images

November 18, 2008

A 42-year-old Perth man has been jailed for six months on a charge of importing child pornography.

Australian Customs said Paul James, of the beachside suburb of Scarborough, was caught trying to smuggle images and videos of children in sexual poses on a laptop computer and an external hard drive.

The illicit material was found when James was stopped for questioning at Perth International Airport in December last year after arriving on a flight from Dubai, Perth Magistrates Court was told.

He pleaded guilty to importing more than 1,200 images and more than 70 videos containing child pornography.

James was sentenced to 12 months jail, to be released after serving six months, and placed on a $15,000 bond to be of good behaviour for the remaining six months.