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        NOTE:  Old photo



Location:   Waverley  –  TAS

Offence:    Found guilty on two counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a person under 17,  guilty of committing an indecent act with a person under 17 years and guilty of indecent assault & guilty of an indecent act, which related to grabbing a boy’s hand and placing it on his penis.

Sentence:  Sentenced to imprisonment for 3 years 6 months from 15 February 2007 and it is ordered that he is not to be eligible for parole until he has served 1 year 9 months of that imprisonment.

Other:   Edwards would bribe the children with treats such as McDonald’s food, showbags, teddies and cigarettes in return for oral sex and fondling.

Edwards pleaded guilty to two counts of loitering near children in 2013.. He was arrested after loitering near children on two occasions at Low Head the previous November.




Robert John Page

Posted: April 13, 2014 by Serendipity in Paroled, Tasmania
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Age:  41  (2005)

Location:  Mornington  /  Sandy Bay  –  TAS

Offence:  Rape

Sentence:  Sentenced to 4 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 3 years.

Other:  Page was on his security round when he came across the woman who was visiting

from Sydney, sitting in a gutter at a Sandy Bay beach. He took her to the Sandy Bay Senior

Citizens Club, where he choked her  then raped her. He then dropped her back off at the casino.

He was paroled in 2008.


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UPDATE:   MAY  2017

Day has been found dead. After he left the Freedom Centre, he went back to using his first name Craig and was last living at Bilton Lodge in Claremont.



60yo man who produced child pornography avoids more jail time

Updated yesterday at 10:37pm

A 60-year-old man who produced child exploitation material while serving time in Hobart’s Risdon Prison has avoided more time in jail.

Key points:
  • Sonny Day pleaded guilty to three counts of producing child exploitation material
  • In jail he wrote pornographic graffiti relating to children on his cell wall
  • Chief Justice says no further term of imprisonment is necessary

Sonny Day was in Hobart’s Risdon Prison between December 2010 and June 2013, serving a sentence for a series of crimes relating to child pornography.

Day pleaded guilty to three counts of producing child exploitation material.

On 21 May 2012, jail staff found that he had written some pornographic graffiti relating to children on the wall of his cell.

He was moved to another cell but the next month guards found that he had been writing more pornographic graffiti relating to children — this time underneath a desk.

In Tasmania, child exploitation material includes any written material that described a person under the age of 18 in a sexual context that a responsible person would regard as offensive.

Day was released but within 10 weeks had reoffended and was jailed again in August 2013 for more child pornography offences.

In June 2015, guards found a number of stories written by Day about children engaging in sexual activity.

Tasmania’s Chief Justice Alan Blow described the circumstances as “unusual”.

“Any reasonable person would regard them as being particularly offensive,” Chief Justice Blow said.

The Supreme Court in Hobart heard Day suffered from bipolar disorder and all of his offending had occurred during manic episodes.

Day has no children of his own and the court heard there was no suggestion he had ever harmed a child.

No further imprisonment necessary: Chief Justice

Chief Justice Blow said unlike a previous conviction where Day had circulated offensive material on the internet — his in-jail writings had a “particularly small readership”.

“And is not likely to have done any harm beyond creating feelings of disgust and revulsion in those who had to deal with it,” Chief Justice Blow said.

Day’s previous sentence expired in May and he has been on remand for the latest offences since then.

Chief Justice Blow said he felt that no further term of imprisonment was necessary.

He backdated Day’s four-month sentence to his May release date, meaning the 60-year-old will serve no further jail time.

Day will be on probation for the next three years with special conditions that he submits to psychiatric assessment or treatment as directed by a probation officer.



Sentenced in the Supreme Court on federal charges of using a carriage service to access 

child exploitation material, using a carriage service to transmit child exploitation material 

and state charges of possessing child exploitation material & breaching a recognisance. 

Justice Tennent ordered he serve the remaining 2½ years of the original sentence, another 

year in jail for the fresh Commonwealth offences, to begin six months before the expiration 

of the first sentence and 174 days in jail for the state offence, backdated and equivalent to 

time he has already served awaiting sentencing.



Pleaded guilty to one count of using a carriage service to access child exploitation material, one count of using

a carriage service to transmit child exploitation material, and one count of possessing child exploitation material.



Charged with using a carriage service to access child pornography and possessing child exploitation material

on his smartphone.

‘Depraved’ man jailed for child porn

By By CALLA WAHLQUIST Court reporter

March 15, 2012, 10:04 a.m.

A “DEPRAVED” New Town man who wrote about raping, murdering and torturing children was attracted to child pornography because of the status he received as a network administrator, a Supreme Court judge has said.

Sonny Day, 55, pleaded guilty to 67 child porn charges including accessing child abuse material and publishing seven stories that fantasised about the physical and sexual abuse of an abducted child.

He was sentenced to five years’ jail and received a life listing on the sex offenders registry at the Supreme Court in Hobart yesterday.

Day accessed child porn from July 1, 2006 until his arrest on December 1, 2010, and took steps to make his IP address hard to trace.

Australian Federal Police discovered 1971 images and videos of child pornography at his house.

They included 94 videos and 107 images at the very worst end of the Oliver scale which classifies indecent images.

It included four videos and 20 images depicting child abuse.

Four of the images depicted dead toddlers.

“Some of the images included text boxes containing pornographic or abusive comments, including comments describing acts of sadism, torture and murder,” Justice Alan Blow said.

Police also found a collection of printed stories of a “very high level of depravity”, as well as stories he had penned, which Justice Blow said “are in the worst category of child abuse writing and show an extreme level of depravity.”

“In his emails, Mr Day wrote about ideas he had about raping, torturing and murdering children, including babies, together with other offenders, and filming such acts,” he said.

Justice Blow said that while child porn stories do not harm children in their production, they are “evil” because they “sought to actively encourage depraved and dangerous acts.”

Day told police he had sexual urges toward children he knew and so limited his contact with young children.

He has been in custody since breaching his bail on Christmas Day 2010 by loitering near children at a park in Sandy Bay.

He has been assaulted twice in prison.

Day will be eligible for parole in June 2013.

Child porn Doctor’s sentence cut

Updated August 17, 2011 11:17:15

A Hobart doctor convicted of accessing and possessing child pornography has had his sentence cut.

Jeremy Phillip Buddle was convicted of downloading 63,000 pornographic images of young boys on an almost daily basis between November 2005 and November 2009.

The full bench of the Supreme Court has accepted the former GP’s argument that his 18 month jail sentence given in March was manifestly excessive.

He is now sentenced to nine months jail on the Commonwealth charge of using a carriage service to access child pornography.

It will be served concurrently with a 12 month jail sentence on the state charge of possessing child pornography.

Buddle will be eligible for release after six months – meaning he could be out as early as next month.

Porn doctor appeals ‘manifestly excessive’ sentence

Posted August 10, 2011 09:49:33

The Supreme Court in Hobart has heard the 18 month jail sentence given to a Hobart doctor convicted of accessing and possessing child pornography was manifestly excessive.

Doctor Jeremy Phillip Buddle was jailed in March for a minimum of 12 months.

The former GP downloaded 63,000 pornographic images of young boys on an almost daily basis between November 2005 and November 2009.

But his lawyer argued his obsessive collecting and filing of the images could be explained by his aspergers syndrome-like symptoms.

She says Buddle did not create spreadsheets and catalogues of the images like some other offenders.

But Commonwealth Prosecutor Ian Arendt said the doctor had been aware that what he was doing was illegal and had taken steps to avoid detection and had in the past shown he could control his desires when he chose to.

The full bench of the Supreme Court in Hobart has adjourned to consider Buddle’s appeal.

GP caught in global porn ring

MATT SMITH   |   March 18, 2011 12.01am

A HOBART doctor recently jailed for a year was one of 184 people netted in a global pedophile sting by the Australian Federal Police.

The three-year international operation busted the Netherlands-based website, an online ring that tried to hide behind claims of legitimate conversation about paedophilia.

The website had 70,000 members, mostly men.

It is the biggest syndicate uncovered by police worldwide and four of the 31 Australian men arrested are alleged to be high-ranking members.

Sandy Bay GP Jeremy Phillip Buddle, 41, was sentenced in the Supreme Court in Hobart on March 4 after pleading guilty to using a carriage service for child pornography and possessing child exploitation material. The charges related to thousands of images of eastern European boys aged between five and 15 found by federal police on Buddle’s computer.

Operation Rescue began in 2007 and involved police from Australia, the US, New Zealand, Europe, the Netherlands and Canada along with investigators from Britain’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

About 230 children were rescued globally because of the sting, including four in Australia.

Police kept the investigation secret, until now, for operational reasons.

The Australian offenders were aged 19 to 84 and included scout leaders, lifesavers and teachers.

“Four of the 31 offenders arrested in Australia held high-level positions in the network,” an AFP spokeswoman said yesterday.

Seventeen of the 31 Australians involved in the ring have already been sentenced to terms ranging from eight years’ jail to 150 hours of community service.

A federal police spokesman said investigations were continuing, with many suspects tracked online and leading police to other websites.

Sentencing Buddle, Justice Shan Tennent said a jail term was necessary. She said: “Courts must take into account the harm activities such as yours can cause.

“The only reason the material you accessed is available is because there are people willing to go looking for it.

“Young children, probably too immature to make a rational decision about whether they want to be involved or not in these photographs, are clearly being exploited.”

Doctor pleads guilty to child porn charges

Posted 2 hours 55 minutes ago

The Supreme Court has heard a Hobart GP who has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges is a virgin with an exclusive sexual interest in pubescent boys.

Jeremy Phillip Buddle has pleaded guilty to accessing more than 60,000 images of child pornography.

The Supreme Court in Hobart heard Buddle used the internet, over a four year period, to download at least 63,000 pornographic images involving boys.

The 41 year old doctor has pleaded guilty to using a carriage service for child pornography and possessing child exploitation material.

Federal Police searched the Hobart GP’s home after a tip off from UK police that Buddle had accessed a website called “boy lover” .

During sentencing submissions the court heard the Hobart GP was a virgin with an exclusive sexual interest in adolescent boys.

The court heard Buddle was careful to never be left alone with adolescent boys at his practice and was able to control his unusual sexual desire, until he bought a computer and connected to the internet.

Dr Buddle hasn’t practised medicine since federal police searched his home in 2009.


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Nicolaas Ockert Bester

Posted: October 17, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Photo, Sentenced, Tasmania
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After two years battling the Tasmanian legal system, Grace Tame has finally won the right to reveal her true identity.

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Magistrate Rheinburger has sentenced Bester to four months in jail for producing child exploitation material after he wrote offensive comments on social media about his sexual relationship with a former student, saying it was “awesome”. He will serve the full four months.

Sex abuse teacher on parole

Posted Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:35am AEST

A former Hobart high school teacher jailed for sexually abusing a teenage student has been released on parole.

The Parole Board ruled there was only a low to moderate risk Nicolaas Ockert Bester would reoffend.

In August 2011, the then 59-year-old was convicted of maintaining a sexual relationship with a 15-year-student and possessing child exploitation material and sentenced to two years and 10 months in jail.

The former head of maths and science at private girls school St Michaels Collegiate will remain on parole until May next year.

While on parole, Bester is not allowed to be in the company of a person under 16 without the presence on an authorised person.

Teacher jailed over sex with student

  • From: AAP
  • August 12, 2011 4:46PM

AN elite Hobart school teacher who had sex with a 16-year-old student up to 30 times has been jailed for two years and 10 months.

Nicolaas Ockert Bester, a 58-year-old former science teacher at St Michael’s Collegiate School in Hobart, pleaded guilty to maintaining a sexual relationship with a person under the age of 17.

Bester first befriended the girl, who cannot be named, after learning she was battling an eating disorder in March last year.

He gave her keys to his office and told her she could beat the illness by herself.

When the girl’s parents became concerned about the advice he was giving her, Bester was barred by the school from contacting her.

Nevertheless, Bester and the girl began a sexual relationship in June, meeting at the school, at a friend’s house and a Hobart hotel.

The two had sex a total of between 20 and 30 times, with Bester using false profiles on social networking site Facebook to communicate with the girl.

When confronted by the girl’s parents about the relationship and told “he couldn’t deny it”, Bester replied: “I can’t, but she wanted it.”

In the Tasmanian Supreme Court on Friday, Justice Helen Wood sentenced Bester to two years and ten months in prison.

The judge said the girl “reluctantly participated in the sexual relationship”, but did not always express her concerns.

“She felt angry at herself for allowing it to happen and attempted self-harm,” the judge said.

Justice Wood said the case involved a “grave breach of trust”, noting that the girl had come to Bester when she was emotionally and psychologically vulnerable.

The judge said she took into account Bester’s early guilty plea, his low-grade depressive illness, and said he deeply regretted the relationship.

Bester also pleaded guilty to possessing child exploitation material over 28 images found on his computer.

He will be eligible for parole in December, 2012.

Teacher admits sex shame

DAVID KILLICK   |   July 19, 2011 01.00am

A SENIOR teacher at a Tasmanian girls’ school had sex with a vulnerable teenage student up to 30 times in places including his office, the school staffroom and a Hobart hotel.

Part-time church organist Nicolaas Ockert Bester, 58, of Mt Nelson, pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court to maintaining a sexual relationship with a person under the age of 17 and possessing child exploitation material.

The former head of science at Hobart’s St Michael’s Collegiate School is now in jail awaiting sentencing for his crimes, which took place between June and December last year.

Crown prosecutor Jackie Hartnett yesterday told the court the 15-year-old girl had turned to Bester for advice in April last year while struggling with an eating disorder.

He gave her a key to his office and offered it to her as a safe place to go.

When her parents raised concerns about their relationship, the school agreed and Bester admitted that advice he had given the girl about her eating disorder had been “misguided and inappropriate”, the court heard.

In June last year, she told Bester she helped deal with stress by drawing herself naked and he asked her for one of the sketches, which she gave him.

Later, after asking the girl how he could thank her for the sketch, he took her to an empty classroom, where he handed her two cards marked “yes” and “no” and told her he was going to undress.

Bester directed the girl to an adjoining room and asked her to undress and to slip one of the cards under the door to indicate whether she was going to come out.

When the card marked “yes” appeared, he unlocked the door.

The girl emerged in her underwear and the pair kissed and cuddled.

Bester set up two Facebook pages and the pair exchanged intimate notes to each other via the social networking site, Ms Hartnett said.

They began to meet weekly in his office, where they undressed and he performed sexual acts on her.

On August 6 last year, he gave the girl alcohol and they had intercourse in his office.

The pair began to meet regularly before and after school and at weekends to have sex in his office and in the school’s staffroom, at a house in Sandy Bay and at a Hobart hotel.

On some occasions when Bester picked her up in his car, he made her wear a hooded top he provided so she would not be recognised. He also told her to tell people she was his daughter if questioned.

Ms Hartnett said the girl felt trapped and conflicted and ended the relationship in December and reported it to the school in April this year.

Bester was stood down immediately and the school called police. He was sacked when charges were laid.

The court heard that the girl later told her parents and showed them gifts of clothes and jewellery Bester had given her.

Her parents drove to his home and confronted him about the relationship in front of his wife.

Bester initially denied their claims but then admitted the relationship, saying “she wanted it”. When interviewed by police, Bester admitted having sex with the girl 20 to 30 times, despite knowing she was vulnerable.

Police searched his house and car and found letters from the girl, two cards marked “yes” and “no” and a sketch of the girl naked.

They also found 29 images of child pornography on Bester’s home computer. Some images showed children and adults engaging in sexual acts.

“This is a serious matter,” Ms Hartnett told the court. “The victim statement shows evidence of significant impact on the complainant and her family as a result of these crimes.

“It involved a breach of the trust placed by the complainant in a teacher. This is someone she turned to for help.”

Defence lawyer Kim Baumeler told the court Bester had emigrated from South Africa in 1987 to give his children a better life and had worked at the Hutchins School before starting at Collegiate in 1992.

Bester’s crimes had cost him his job, his marriage and his relationship with his now-adult children and he was now essentially bankrupt, she said.

“The charges have had a catastrophic effect on everyone concerned. The accused describes himself as having lost everything,” she told the court.

“The bringing of these allegations has estranged him from the whole of his family.

“His instructions to me are that he allowed his emotions to cloud his judgment and he regrets that and says he should not have allowed it to happen.”

Ms Baumeler said Bester was remorseful but the victim had been a willing participant in the relationship.

Bester, who has no previous convictions, will be sentenced by Justice Helen Wood on August 3.

Court told of teacher’s tryst with teenage schoolgirl

  • From: AAP
  • July 18, 2011 1:03PM

A HOBART teacher preyed on a vulnerable 16-year-old student, going on to have regular sex with her after their elite school developed serious concerns about their relationship, a court has been told.

Nicolaas Ockert Bester, a 58-year-old former maths and science teacher at St Michael’s Collegiate School, had pleaded guilty to maintaining a sexual relationship with a person under the age of 17 and possessing child exploitation material.

In the Tasmanian Supreme Court in Hobart today, Crown Prosecutor Jackie Hartnett said Bester and the girl had sexual intercourse between 20 and 30 times.

The school was made aware of Bester having inappropriate dealings with the girl before the sexual relationship began, including allowing her access to his office and telling her she could deal with her eating disorder on her own.

He was banned from seeing the girl but kept his job, and was only stood down when police questioning began.

He was sacked after he was charged.

Bester went to great lengths to hide the relationship, including getting the girl to wear a hoodie when visiting him.

They met at the school on weekends and at night, and on one occasion they met at a Hobart hotel, Ms Hartnett said.

They also communicated on Facebook, with Bester using a number of false profiles to hide his contact with the girl.

Ms Hartnett said the girl had been struggling with anorexia, and had turned to Bester for support.

“She was a vulnerable young girl at the time the relationship started – a fact known by the accused,” she said.

Ms Hartnett said 28 photos of child exploitation material had been found on Bester’s computer while he was being investigated.

Bester’s lawyer Kim Baumeler said his client’s relationship with his family and his career had been ruined.

Bester’s wife had left him, and the only contact he had with his children was now “acrimonious”, she said.

Justice Helen Wood will sentence Bester on August 3.

Collegiate teacher’s sex guilt

DAVID KILLICK   |   May 23, 2011 11.24am

A FORMER senior Collegiate teacher will plead guilty to child sex offences, the Hobart Magistrate’s Court heard today.

Nicolaas Ockert Bester, 58, of Mt Nelson, appeared on four charges before Magistrate Chris Webster this morning.

His lawyer Kim Baumeler said he would plead guilty to maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person in August last year and possessing child pornography in April.

Two charges of having sexual intercourse with a young person under the age of 17 years were dismissed by the magistrate.

Bester was bailed to reappear in court on July 18.

The well-known church organist was sacked as head of the school’s science and maths faculty at the elite girls school – where fees for year 12 students exceed $12,000 a year – after his arrest in April.

St Michael’s Collegiate principal Robyn Kronenberg this morning issued a statement on the case.

“The events surrounding the charging by Tasmania Police on Tuesday, 19 April 2011 of a former senior school teacher have been of great concern for the staff, students and parents of our school,” she said.

“I am obviously constrained by law in what I can say regarding this matter, however, I want to make it clear that it was the school who contacted the police as we are required to do under the mandatory reporting laws in Tasmania as soon as we became aware of the allegations.

“Based on clear evidence that the teacher involved had breached our teacher code of conduct without hesitation the decision was made to terminate his employment immediately.

“At all times the school has had the best interests  of the student involved uppermost in our minds and actions. We have endeavoured to protect and support the student and her family.

“Our critical incident team has worked with me to determine our response to this situation and ensure that those most directly affected were helped in the most appropriate manner.

“We have been able to offer support and counselling to staff, students and family members who felt concerned or distressed by the news.”


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