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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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UPDATED: DECEMBER 2014

Foy has had his parole supervision order extended for a further three years, after the Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie made an application in the Brisbane Supreme Court, claiming he posed an unacceptable risk of reoffending.

 

http://www.qt.com.au/story/2011/11/16/anger-at-pedophiles-move-to-the-country/

Rickuss angry at paedophile move

Geoff Egan | 16th November 2011

MEMBER for Lockyer Ian Rickuss has questioned the State Government’s policy for placing sex offenders following a convicted pedophile’s brief placement to a property near Harrisville.

In a speech to State Parliament last night Mr Rickuss said the decision to place paedophile Mark Anthony Foy in the Scenic Rim town of Harrisville was an “inappropriate, stupid decision.”

Mr Rickuss said Foy was a “repeat offender” who was a “high risk” of re-offending.

“In 2001 Foy underwent a sex offenders program…The co-ordinator deemed there was still a high risk of Foy re-offending,” Mr Rickuss said.

“So after the expert information – what does the Corrective Services Minister do with Mr Foy?

“He imposes him on one of the smallest communities in south east Queensland – the small community of Harrisville.”

Mr Rickuss said the Foy’s employers during his Harrisville stay were unaware of his crimes.

“Even the resident who’s house Foy was living in and the people he was doing casual work for did not know what a creep Foy was.”

However Corrective Services acting commissioner Marlene Morison said Foy’s employers were aware of his crimes.

“She was made aware of the details of the offences and the ages of the victims,” she said.

“She stated that she was unsure of whether she wanted to take responsibility for housing a ‘paedophile’ and stated that she would need to reconsider her offer.

“The woman contacted Wacol staff the following day on 19 August, 2011, and advised she had spoken with her husband, and they decided to give offender Foy a chance at residing on their farm and working for them.”

Ms Morison said Foy had been located an appropriate distance from facilities where children would be present.

“The property was set on acreage approximately 3.5 kilometres from the centre of Harrisville, 2.3 km from the nearest Primary School.

“The closest parks were 5.9km and 6.6km from the property. The closest licenses premises was 2.6km from the property and the closest shopping centre was… 20.5km from the residence.”

 

http://www.qt.com.au/story/2011/11/04/pedophile-forcedout-outraged-residents-demand-pedo/

Pedophile forced out

Geoff Egan | 4th November 2011

A CONVICTED pedophile’s brief settlement in a rural town near Ipswich has sparked outrage in the community.

Mark Anthony Foy, who has served jail time for a string of child sex offences, is believed to have been relocated to a property outside Harrisville, south of Ipswich, before being moved to “contingency accommodation” at the Wacol prison reserve on November 2.

Foy was jailed in 2001 for 12 counts of indecent treatment of children under 12 years old and one count of indecent treatment of a child under 16 years old.

A Harrisville Neighbourhood Watch meeting saw more than double its usual turnout as residents voiced their outrage.

Harrisville Neighbourhood Watch president Pam Lobwein said people were irate at Foy’s presence.

“People are very, very upset,” she said.

“They want him removed there and then, they want him removed and they don’t want him in the area.”

Ms Lobwein said while it is believed he is located outside of Harrisville he has been spotted, wearing a monitoring bracelet, in town and close to the school.

“Why is he allowed near the school?” she asked.

Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss said he was outraged a convicted pedophile had been placed in a small community such as Harrisville.

“(Harrisville residents) are bloody fuming,” he said. “It’s a small community; there is only one police officer out here at the moment.

“Why would you place someone with such a bad record as Foy in a town with so few facilities?

“It’s totally inappropriate to put them in places like Harrisville.

“You’ve got to question the process of where they place these blokes if Harrisville is an option.”

Department of Corrective Services acting commissioner Peter Bottomley said while an offender had been living in the area that person was moved.

“An offender subject to a community-based supervision order under the terms of the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act was living in approved accommodation in the Ipswich region,” Mr Bottomley said.

“The offender was under the supervision of Queensland Corrective Services, including electronic monitoring.

“The offender was yesterday (Wednesday) relocated to alternative contingency accommodation.”

Foy was found in breach of his supervision order in 2008 after being caught swimming in the Chuwar quarry with two teenage boys.

 

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,25333278-5005941,00.html

Pedophile ‘keeps breaching supervision’

Article from: AAP

April 14, 2009 03:29pm

A NOTORIOUS pedophile is making a mockery of the justice system by continuing to breach his supervision order, a court has been told.

Mark Anthony Foy, 47, has been in custody since December last year for breaching his community-based supervision order for the fourth time.

He was arrested after a police officer caught him swimming with a 13-year-old boy at a waterhole at Chuwar, west of Brisbane.

Under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act supervision order Foy is prohibited from having contact with children under 16.

He was released from prison under the order in January 2005 after serving four and a half years’ jail for offences against nine children aged between six and 12.

The court was told this latest incident was the first breach of the order to have involved children.

Previous breaches involved drugs and alcohol, and failure to attend medical appointments.

The court was told Foy denies having approached the teenage boy at the waterhole, where he said he had been waiting for friends.

Since his arrest Foy has been assessed by a psychiatrist who concluded the latest breach did not increase Foy’s risk of reoffending.

However barrister Jeff Rowls, who appeared for Attorney-General Cameron Dick, said Foy’s repeated breaches showed a blatant disregard for the supervision order.

“A supervision order is only effective if its terms are complied with, and on this occasion Mr Foy has had three previous warnings,” he said. “It makes a mockery of the system of the act.”

Despite his concerns, Mr Rowls did not formally apply for Foy to be detained in custody indefinitely for the breach.

Justice Ann Lyons adjourned her decision about whether to return Foy to the community under the same order.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/07/15/2304393.htm?site=brisbane

Convicted paedophile released after supervision order breach

Posted July 15, 2008 15:40:00
Updated July 15, 2008 15:39:00

A man convicted of molesting children has been freed by the Supreme Court in Brisbane after committing another breach of his supervision order.

Mark Anthony Foy was freed from jail in 2005 on an order under the Dangerous Prisoners Sexual Offenders Act.

He has been returned to custody on several occasions for breaching the order.

He was back before the Court again today after his latest breach, which involved the use of valium, doctor shopping to obtain the drug and failing to report to Corrective Services.

The conditions of Foy’s release were again varied, this time by Justice Margaret White, so that Foy must adhere to curfews and electronic monitoring as directed by Corrective Services.

 

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