Posts Tagged ‘Queensland’


 

 

UPDATE:  AUGUST 2018

The Supreme Court of Queensland has dismissed his appeal against his conviction & sentence.

 

UPDATE:  JANUARY 2018

The Supreme Court has denied Mentink bail to prepare an appeal of the most recent sentence.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-15/four-decades-on-abuse-still-haunts-queensland-man/9260464

Royal commission: Abuse still haunts Queensland man four decades on

By Lexy Hamilton-Smith

Updated 15 Dec 2017, 1:15pm

Kelvin Johnston waited 40 years for his day of reckoning.

It came in November this year when the school teacher who molested him while on a school camp, Wilfred Mentink, was thrown in jail.

Mr Johnston, who was just 14 when he was sexually abused, said the vile acts he had to endure still haunt him to this day.

His heart goes out to the thousands of child abuse victims hoping for justice today as the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hands down its final report.

“We want action. Really people have to take the attitude [that] it all starts now,” he said.

The damage caused

The former Salisbury High School student easily recalls the frightening school camp trip at Mount Barney in the Scenic Rim, when he and several of his fellow students fell victim to Mentink’s predatory behaviour.

“The teacher proceeded to wander around all weekend naked,” he said.

“Some of the things we witnessed was an abomination at the way kids should be treated by an adult.

Now 55, he would like to stare down his abuser and make him account for what he did.

“Your brain is rewired where you do not know what is going on and have to have years of therapy to get to the point where you can function.

“I find myself with five kids from three different mothers.”

He said some of what happened haunts him.

“You might be a narcissistic man. I do not know why you choose to have relationships with children rather than adults,” he said.

“That is an issue for you mate

“That is something you need to live with and think very deeply while you are in jail about what you have done.”

‘We want action’

Mr Johnston now serves on the Queensland Child Sexual Abuse Legislative Reform Committee and advocates for those affected by abuse.

He said the royal commission had made some people accountable, but not enough.

“People who have covered up this sort of stuff need to be held to account,” he said.

“There is not one person in Australia that I am aware of that has been convicted of concealing these sorts of crimes.

“But I am sceptical that things will change.”

On the final day of the royal commission yesterday, Justice Peter McClellan handed a book of survivors’ harrowing accounts to the National Library of Australia.

“The conjunction of events that the royal commission has examined can only be described as a national tragedy,” Justice McClellan said.

Queensland Child Protection Committee chair Elizabeth Kobierski said those words are not much different to those uttered by then prime minister Julia Gillard when she announced the commission in 2012.

“She called child abuse vile and hideous,” Ms Kobierski said.

“The beginning and the end. Now people have recognised this has been a shocking experience for many young people.

“I notice some 15,000 people have come forward to different ways to tell their stories.

“I do not think that represents all those people impacted or currently impacted.

“This is an ongoing issue that we all have to pay attention to.

“In my strongest words I can say stand up adults, let’s be protective, let’s be aware and make sure our children get the best possible chance they have moving forward.”

 

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2003-10-06/convicted-paedophile-held-in-east-timor-over-child-porn/682860

Convicted paedophile held in East Timor over child porn

Updated 29 March 2012, 12:30 AEDT

A convicted Australian paedophile has been remanded in custody in East Timor after being found with pornographic images of Timorese children.

Wilfred Mentink, 56, is also facing charges of illegally entering East Timor after defying a deportation order issued in June.

Mentink was arrested by United Nations and East Timorese police last week when they searched his yacht and found nearly 40 items relating to child pornography, including photographs, CDs and two laptop computers.

He was remanded in custody for 30 days by an East Timorese court while further investigations are carried out.

Mentink was jailed for six years in the Australian state of Queensland in 1993 after pleading guilty to child sex abuse charges.

 

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/06/13/1055220771239.html

Australian pedophile given 48 hours to leave

June 14 2003
By Jill Jolliffe
Darwin

A convicted Australian pedophile has been ordered to leave East Timor after a pioneering joint operation involving Australian and East Timorese police.

Dili immigration authorities gave former Queenslander Wilfred Mentink 48 hours to leave the country after he sailed into Dili harbour on Wednesday on board his yacht Loris.

Acting United Nations Police Commissioner Dennis McDermott said Mr Mentink had been turned back after failing to declare his convictions on immigration entry documents.

“It’s a first example of co-operation on this question,” he said. Australian and East Timorese police had been tracking the yacht’s movements before it arrived in Dili.

In September 1993 Mentink pleaded guilty in a Queensland court to charges of having sex with a minor and indecently dealing with another minor.

He received a nine-year sentence, later reduced on appeal to six years, and was released on parole in 1996.

Customs and immigration officials boarded and searched the yacht early on Wednesday, later informing Mr Mentink he could not land because he had made false statements on an immigration entry form.

Bernadette McMenamin, of the child protection group Child Wise, said it was “an excellent development”.

Speaking from Melbourne, she said it pointed to the need for Australia to go further, by obliging convicted pedophiles to report to police before leaving the country, following British practice.

“In this case they have turned back someone who could have seriously harmed East Timorese children, who are among the most vulnerable in the world,” she said. “If there is not closer monitoring, East Timor could go the way of Cambodia.”

East Timorese police are increasingly concerned about pedophile and prostitution rings, whose clients are mainly international.

 

 

 

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-05/paedophile-paramedic-sentence-13-years-sexual-abuse-22-girls-qld/8500040

Paedophile paramedic sentenced to 13 years’ jail for sexual abuse of 22 girls across three states

By Isobel Roe

Updated 5 May 2017, 6:28pm

A former Queensland ambulance officer has been sentenced to 13 years in jail for “depraved” sexual abuse of 22 young girls across several states over a 10-year period.

The victims of 49-year-old Jason David Brooker were in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, with the youngest being 11 years old.

Brooker, who was between 38 and 47 years of age at the time of offending, contacted young girls via social media sites Kik, Tagged and Facebook using the name ‘Jaz’, ‘David Bourne’ or ‘David Brook’.

In the District Court in Toowoomba on Tuesday, Brooker pleaded guilty to 57 charges, including maintaining a relationship with a child under 16, carnal knowledge, indecent treatment and making and possessing child exploitation material.

The offending was carried out from Brooker’s home in Warwick on Queensland’s Southern Downs between 2005 and 2015, when one victim raised the alarm and police raided his property.

The court heard Brooker often paid for mobile phone credit for the young girls or offered to “get them into modelling” in exchange for naked photographs, and threatened to release the photos on the internet if the girls did not comply with requests for more explicit material.

Offender videoed sex with 14yo girl

Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso told the court the most serious offending was involving a 14-year-old girl, who he lured via social media pretending to be a 16-year-old boy.

After several webcam chats where Brooker asked the girl to take off her clothes, the pair met multiple times including at a park and a hotel in the Brisbane suburb of Brookside.

Ms Kelso told the court the girl had not told her parents where she was going.

“[Brooker] filmed some of those interactions,” Ms Kelso said.

“In that footage he can be seen undressing the complainant.”

The pair then had sexual intercourse, which was also recorded on video.

‘I was made to feel like a disgusting human being’

During police raids of Brooker’s Warwick home in 2015, officers found a disc containing 83 photos of the girl in states of undress.

The court was read a victim impact statement from that girl, who is now an adult.

“[I] feel sick because of the visual memories,” the statement read.

“I feared for my life and my family’s too — I was made to feel like a disgusting human being.”

Ms Kelso said Brooker would request naked pictures and send pictures of his own genitalia to other girls.

The victims often found out the person they were talking to was not a 16-year-old boy when Brooker turned on his own webcam.

Ms Kelso said Brooker would often tell his victims he loved. If they refused his advances, he would threaten the victims with knowing where they lived.

“If the complainants became reluctant or started to ignore the defendant, he became angry,” she said.

“Where he had provided them money, he would tell them he felt he’d been ripped off.”

Ms Kelso said the most disturbing thing about Brooker’s conduct was the “meticulous” nature of the thousands of photos and videos in his child exploitation collection, found during the police raids.

Some of the exploitation material was of children as young as three years old.

“Not only was is stored electronically, it was also stored on CDs identified with the girls name, age and locations,” Ms Kelso said.

The raids also uncovered stolen prescription drugs and uniforms from the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS).

Brooker left the QAS during the 10 years of offending and began to work for a private firm as a paramedic.

Offender wrote apology letter, court told

Brooker’s defence lawyer David Jones told the court his client had not shared any of the child exploitation material he created.

He said Brooker’s conduct was largely inexplicable, but he had written a letter of apology and was on the road to rehabilitation.

In sentencing, Judge Deborah Richards told the court one incident involved threatening a young child with harm.

“You said: ‘If you don’t send me nudes I’ll track down your address and hurt your family’ — she was 11 years old,” the judge said.

Judge Richards said Brooker offended with the hope of having each of the girls have sex with him.

“You did make admissions … but downplayed the criminality of your actions on many occasions,” she said.

“This was persistent, depraved behaviour over a long period of time.”

Judge Deborah Richards chose not to label Brooker a serious violent offender.

He will be eligible to apply for parole in January 2021, six years after he was taken into custody.

 

 

 

Sterling Bower

Posted: October 22, 2016 by Serendipity in Photo, Victoria
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AGE:  48  (2016)

LOCATION:  Ringwood East, VIC

OFFENCE:  Bower lured a young girl into bushland near a Ringwood East kindergarten & raped her in September 1989.

SENTENCE:  County Court Judge Phillip Coish sentenced Bower to a maximum of six years in jail with a non-parole of four years, with 350 days already served.

OTHER: The 1989 case went cold until Victoria Police forensic experts revisited DNA evidence in December 2014. Bower was extradited from Queensland to Victoria in May 2015.

Bower has also been convicted of multiple counts of stalking, making child exploitation material, and indecent treatment of a child under 12.

 

 

 


 

Stafford – Mark Francis - Photo2

 

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/06/19/13/29/ten-months-jail-for-surf-lifesaver-who-sexually-abused-seven-girls

1:29pm June 19, 2015

Ten months jail for surf lifesaver who sexually 

abused seven girls

Chloe Ross

A former Queensland volunteer surf lifesaver has been sentenced to 10 months’ jail over the sexual abuse of

seven girls as young as eight.

Mark Francis Stafford, formerly of the Surfers Paradise Surf Lifesaving Club, last week pleaded guilty in

Brisbane District Court to a total of 31 charges which took place between 2008 to 2013, the Courier Mail

reports.

The court heard many of the offences occurred over one weekend at his house after he convinced the girls’

parents to let several of them sleep over.

Stafford instructed the girls to paint his naked body, simulated sex with a mannequin and swam naked

in the pool in front of the group, from three Gold Coast families.

He also served the children Midori and encouraged them to watch up pornographic videos, before

explaining what masturbating was and how to do it.

Other charges related to him touching the girls sexually while they showered.

A police search of his home uncovered photos taken on the same day of the girls jumping into the pool.

Stafford admitted to later abusing another one of the girls in her own home while her parents were

in another room.

After being confronted via text message by his eldest victim, who was a teenager at the time, Stafford

threatened to kill himself if she took action.

Stafford was sentenced to three years in jail, suspended after 10 months.

Surfers Paradise Surf Lifesaving Club secretary Scott Andrews said Stafford’s membership was

immediately revoked when the club learned of the investigations.

 

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Edmondson – Christopher - Photo

 

UPDATED:  MARCH 2018

https://au.news.yahoo.com/vic/a/39428795/vic-ex-scout-leader-jailed-for-sex-abuse/

Justice 40 years on for abused Vic Scout

Rick Goodman

AAP / 2 hours ago

For child abuse victim Paul, the big clunking machine that is the Victorian justice system has finally clunked his way, 40 years after a Scout leader molested him.

Paul, whose surname hasn’t been used for legal reasons, was about 10 when indecently assaulted by Chris Edmonson in Melbourne in the mid-1970s.

Edmonson grabbed the boy’s groin after telling him he would get a Scout badge if he turned around and closed his eyes.

Paul, now 53, first complained to police in 1997 but little came of it as there wasn’t enough evidence, he said.

But his case gained traction after he spoke to the Child Abuse Royal Commission about four years ago.

It all culminated in Edmonson, 62, being jailed on Wednesday after pleading guilty to indecently assaulting Paul and two other Scouts.

Paul says he feels exhausted, but relieved and grateful.

“My wife is hanging on by her fingernails. My friends have been put through the ringer. I’m completely tapped out,” he said.

“But we got there.”

He said the path to justice had been brutal but it was one he had to tread, because he was “haunted” by what had happened.

“It’s like a huge, clunking, scary, giant machine, but it actually clunked in my direction this time,” Paul said of the justice system.

“And this has now given me the passport to live the rest of my life.”

Paul gave evidence at a private hearing of the Child Abuse Royal Commission of which he was full of praise.

“I felt so listened to and looked after,” Paul said.

“I’m not a really political person but … that’s about the best thing any government has done for me.”

He painfully gave evidence at two failed trials for Edmonson, one of which was scuttled when a juror fell asleep.

Edmonson, a convicted pedophile, pleaded guilty after two other people joined the case, claiming to have been molested.

He was already in jail for abusing children in Queensland and Victoria but had six months added to his term for indecently assaulting the three boy Scouts.

“You were in a position of trust in relation to those young boys,” County Court Judge Richard Smith said in sentencing.

“They were young and no doubt looked up to you.”

Edmonson will be eligible for parole in May 2019.

 

UPDATE:  MAY 2016

Edmondson has pleaded guilty to two charges of indecent assault & has had four months added to his existing jail sentence.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-03/former-scout-leader-who-abused-trust-sentenced-to-jail/6067226

Former Scout leader who ‘abused trust’ 

sentenced to six years’ jail for child sexual abuse

Posted 3 Feb 2015, 4:46pm

A former Scout leader has been sentenced to six years’ jail after pleading guilty to sexually abusing children

in the late 1970s and 80s.

Christopher Edmondson, 59, admitted abusing four siblings, their cousin and his step-daughter on multiple

occasions between 1979 and 1987 when he was an assistant Scout leader at Warrandyte.

The Victorian County Court was told that Edmondson befriended one boy and was welcomed into the family

home, where he was trusted to babysit the children and stay the night.

The victims were aged between seven and 15 years old.

In sentencing, Judge Bill Stuart told Edmondson “it was a frightening aspect that you sexually abused all four

siblings, both male and female”.

“You were a grown man. You were trusted. Time and time again you abused that trust,” he said.

Edmondson has also served six years in jail in Queensland for sexually abusing another three boys and has

undergone several sexual offenders programs.

Judge Stuart said he “accepted with some hesitation” that Edmondson was remorseful and at low risk of

re-offending.

He sentenced him to six years and one month in prison and noted that he “had a terrible time” in prison

in Queensland.

 

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http://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/rapist-peter-scott-griffin-to-be-released-despite-past-breaches-of-orders/story-fnii5v6w-1227224441229

Rapist Peter Scott Griffin to be released despite past breaches of orders

February 18, 2015 5:25PM

A RAPIST who has repeatedly broken supervision rules while out of jail will again be released into the community.

Peter Scott Griffin, 46, served a 13-year sentence for attacking three women in the street in 1998, forcing them to perform oral sex on him and raping one victim.

He was released from jail in 2012 but put on a strict supervision order.

He was jailed again in June last year after he lost his temper with his supervisors because they put him on a 24-hour curfew when his online romance soured.

His supervisors from Corrective Services were worried he hadn’t admitted to his internet girlfriend that he was a convicted sex offender.

The girlfriend was set to fly to Queensland to meet him.

His parole officers were worried he would stop taking drugs aimed at reducing his sex drive.

After a hearing to decide whether he should be kept behind bars Justice Martin Daubney ruled Mr Griffin should be released because there was no longer any danger he would breach his supervision order.

The June incident was his third breach. The other two breaches included being caught masturbating in a shopping centre carpark in January 2013 and losing his temper with police last year.

PREDATOR’S CHRONICLE

  • February 14, 1998: Grabs 17yo girl from behind and drags her from a North Rockhampton street at 8.15pm, over a guard rail onto a bush hill. He sexually assaults her and restrains her by choking.
  • May 24, 1998: 23yo woman is followed as she walks between two hotels in the Rocky CBD at 12.25pm and attacked from behind. Griffin flees when two men on a hotel balcony yell out.
  • May 24, 1998: About an hour later an 18yo woman is punched to the ground and raped.
  • July 21, 1998: Young woman is robbed and sexually assaulted on a Rockhampton street. Griffin restrains her by choking. Police take down a number plate and catch him.
  • July 8, 2011: Griffin was put on a continuing detention order, beyond his fulltime release date after 13 years’ jail.
  • October 29, 2012: Released on a DPSOA supervision order with strict conditions.
  • January 3, 2013: Contravened condition not to reoffend when a woman saw him masturbating in a public car park at North Rockhampton.

 

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Cowan - Brett Peter - Photo5

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-13/brett-peter-cowan-has-a-lengthy-criminal-history/5318564

Brett Peter Cowan: Daniel Morcombe’s killer had long history of preying on children

Fri 14 Mar 2014, 7:50am

Daniel Morcombe’s killer Brett Peter Cowan is a serial predator with an extensive history of sexually abusing children.

The 44-year-year told an inquest into Daniel’s disappearance that by the time he turned 18 he had already preyed on up to 30 children.

He said his offending stretched back to when he was about nine or 10 years of age.

However, he was first convicted of a child sex offence in 1989 over the molestation of a seven-year-old boy in the public toilets of a Queensland playground.

He was sentenced to two years for indecent dealing.

Four years later while living in a Darwin caravan park, Cowan molested a six-year-old boy in a violent attack which left the child with a punctured lung.

Cowan left the boy to die in an old car in bushland before the naked, dazed and bleeding child staggered into a service station for help.

After initially denying any involvement in the attack, Cowan confessed after police told him they had found DNA evidence linking him to the crime.

In September 1993, Cowan pleaded guilty to gross indecency, grievous bodily harm and deprivation of liberty and was sentenced to seven years in jail.

After his release from prison on parole in 1998 he moved to the Sunshine Coast to be close to relatives and soon became involved in the Christian Outreach Church.

He met Tracey Moncrieff through the church and in 1999 they later married and had a child.

The couple were living in Beerwah at the time Daniel went missing. They divorced in 2004.

Cowan was an early suspect in Daniel’s disappearance and was first interviewed by police two weeks after the 13-year-old went missing. Officers interviewed him again in 2005.

For an unexplained reason, Cowan changed his name to Shaddo N-Unyah Hunter between 2003 and a 2011 inquest into Daniel’s disappearance, at which he was called to give evidence.

“I had nothing to do with Daniel’s disappearance, nothing at all,” he told the court.

However, shortly after Cowan’s appearance at the inquest he told undercover police officers that he picked Daniel up from a bus stop to “have fun” with him.

He told the officers, who were posing as criminal gang members, that he drove Daniel to a demountable building on a macadamia farm in a secluded bushland area in Beerwah with the intention of molesting him.

He said he invited Daniel in for a drink of water and tried to pull his pants down.

When Daniel said “Oh no” and began to struggle, Cowan said he choked him with his arm around his neck.

Cowan told the officers he disposed of Daniel’s body in an old sand mining area.

Daniel’s bone fragments were later found at the site.

Cowan was arrested and charged with Daniel’s murder in August 2011 and was found guilty in March 2014.

 

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