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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.







Dennis William Newall has had his sentence slashed on appeal. The Court of Appeal reduced his prison term from

13 years to 11 years, imposing a new non parole period of nine years.



Dennis Newall was jailed by County Court judge Frank Gucciardo on Friday for 13 years with a non-parole period of 11 and a half years. He was also placed on the sex offenders register.  He was previously jailed in 2002 for eight years for kidnapping and raping another sex worker on November 30, 2011

Women attacked using homemade ‘raping machine’

January 30, 2015 11:57AM

A VICTORIAN truck diver kidnapped two prostitutes and forced them into his live-in bus where he kept a homemade “raping machine”, a court has heard.

Serial sex offender Dennis William Newall is in jail for raping a backpacker in WA about four years ago, and was also sentenced to eight years prison in 2002 for raping a Melbourne sex worker.

The 56-year-old pleaded guilty on Thursday to kidnapping and raping two more St Kilda prostitutes on separate occasions in November and December 2001.

Both women thought they were going to die after Newall enticed them into his car, covered their heads and took them to his converted bus at Brooklyn, the Victorian County Court heard. Newall kept a wooden cross-like structure on the bus and told one woman it was a “sex machine” and he was planning to add a mechanical arm to it.

He asked one of his victims to “rate his performance” after raping her, and later requested her phone number.

The court heard Newall forced his son, then 17, to help carry out one of the kidnappings.

His teenage son got in the boot of Newall’s car and leapt out to place a pillowcase over the woman’s head while she was in the back seat.

An unknown man was involved in the other kidnapping.

The women, who were aged 20 and 27 at the time, did not go to police about the attacks until recently.

Newall told one victim “no one would believe a junkie whore” like her, she told the court.

Both women said they remained traumatised by what he had done. One referred to his wooden, cross-like structure as a “raping machine”.

“I couldn’t wrap my head around the sadism and depravity needed to build such a machine,” she told the court.

All three Melbourne-based attacks took place within about a month, crown prosecutor John Livitsanos told the court.

Defence barrister Shaun Ginsbourg said Newall had developed remorse over his behaviour.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

Prostitute rapist gets eight years

December 12 2002
By Olivia Hill-Douglas

A man who raped a prostitute after kidnapping her with his 17-year-old son told the woman during her ordeal that if she complained she would “know how nasty” he could be, a court heard yesterday.

Dennis William Newall, 44, formerly of Deer Park, was sentenced to eight years’ jail yesterday for what County Court judge Leslie Ross called his “hare-brained and wicked” conduct. He will serve a non-parole period of six years.

The court heard that on November 30 last year, Newall drove to St Kilda with his son, Aaron Jason Newall, then 17, in the boot, and picked up a prostitute. She reluctantly agreed to go to Albert Park after Newall told her he preferred that location.

Once there, Aaron Newall got out of the boot. The woman was driven to a truck depot in Brooklyn, where Dennis Newall worked. During the drive, Dennis Newall told the woman: “If you whinge I’ll make it hard for you – then you will know how nasty I can be.”

Dennis Newall took the woman into a bus that had been converted into a residence and raped her three times.

In an earlier court hearing, the court was told that Dennis Newall had pointed to a home-made, wooden, crucifix-like structure and told the woman that he was building it to use on the next girl.

The court was told that Aaron Newall, 18, of Shepparton, had taken part in the kidnapping at the behest of his father.

During his record of interview, Aaron Newall told police that he had gone along with his father because he believed that his father was getting even with a prostitute who had “ripped him off”.

Dennis Newall pleaded guilty to kidnap, rape and theft. Aaron Newall pleaded guilty to kidnapping.

Judge Ross said that the lengthy prison sentence imposed on Dennis Newall should reflect the “appalling gravity” of his conduct.

Aaron Newall was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment for his role in the kidnapping. The term was wholly suspended for two years. Judge Ross ordered the forfeiture of the wooden, crucifix-like structure.


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Former schoolteacher jailed for sex abuse

Updated Fri Dec 2, 2005 3:31pm AEDT

A former Melbourne schoolteacher has been sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in jail for sex offences against three boys in the 1960s and 1970s.

St Kilda man Willie Kovac, 73, pleaded guilty to nine counts of indecent assault.

The Victorian County Court heard the victims were aged between nine and 13-years-old.

The offences against the first boy happened at a school camp and while Kovac was driving the second student home.

The court heard the physical education teacher exploited the third victim’s desperate family financial state by paying him for sexual services.

Judge Pamela Jenkins said the convicted paedophile had been the most evil influence on his victims’ lives, with the three suffering from severe alcohol and drug addictions, broken marriages and unemployment.

She sentenced him to nine-and-a-half years in jail with a five-and-a-half year non-parole period.

Outside court, one of the victims said he regretted not reporting Kovac sooner.

“I really hope that it encourages other victims to come forward,” he said.

“It’s something that seems to be or has been very rife in our society and it needs more publicity.”


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Simon Humble in 2005

‘Risotto king’ Simon Humble jailed for five years for underage sex crimes

  • by: By Norrie Ross
  • From: Herald Sun
  • February 21, 2012 10:45AM

A JUDGE described a top chef who preyed on vulnerable underage girls as “disgraceful and shameful” as she jailed him today for five years.

Judge Felicity Hampel said Simon Humble, 50, not only paid girls as young as 14 for sex but he also used them to try and procure other underage girls by offering inducements such as paying their mobile phone bills.

Judge Hampel said one of the girls was a ward of the state, a heroin addict with an abusive boyfriend and she believed she may have been as young as 13 or 14 when she first had sex for money with Humble.

Humble, who was once dubbed “the risotto king” worked in high-class Melbourne restaurants such as Caffe e Cucina and Il Bacaro, and was once a co-owner of Tutto Bene in Southbank.

In her County Court sentence Judge Hampel said there was a significant power imbalance between Humble and the girls and he chose them as victims because he knew they were vulnerable and unlikely to make a complaint about his behaviour.

“You exploited their vulnerability for your sexual gratification,” the judge said.

“You were treating them as no more than objects for your sexual gratification.”

Humble, of Rosanna, was found guilty by a jury of three counts each of sexually penetrating two girls aged under 16 and he pleaded guilty to three counts of making child pornography and using a carriage service to access child pornography.

Judge Hampel said a psychiatrist told the court that Humble had a sexual preference for sexually mature girls who were underage but he was also able to maintain a normal sexual relationship.

She said that Humble trawled the streets of St Kilda looking for girls and when he found a victim he would then persuade her to recruit other girls.

The judge said she did not accept the offences were less serious because there was no violence or abuse of trust and she said Humble tried to rationalise his behaviour by blaming his victims.

She set a maximum term of seven years and said Humble’s name would be placed on the sex offenders’ register.

‘Risotto king’ had sex with underage girls

February 14, 2012 – 4:37PM

A Melbourne chef, once known as the risotto king, sexually exploited vulnerable underage girls using his age, power and money, a court has heard.

Victorian County Court Judge Felicity Hampel said the power imbalance between Simon Humble, 50, and his two victims, aged 13 and 14, was an aggravating feature of his crimes.

Judge Hampel made the comments during a pre-sentence hearing for Humble, who paid the victims for sexual acts between January 2008 and August 2010.

She said the victims were particularly vulnerable, including one who was in state care, and for this reason the offending was even more serious.

Humble had also tried to procure other vulnerable teens for sex through his victims, she said.

Her comments were in response to defence lawyer Sean Cash, who had argued there was a lack of aggravating factors in Humble’s crimes because there was no evidence of violence, pain, humiliation or embarrassment.

He also said there was no grooming or unprotected sex involved.

Mr Cash told the hearing Humble worked at several well-known Melbourne restaurants including Il Bacaro, Caffe e Cucina and Scusa Mi before opening Southbank’s Tutto Bene in 2004.

In their victim impact statements read to the court, the teenagers said they had almost no support from their families and friends following the incidents.

One victim said when she tried to talk to her boyfriend about what had happened he called her a slut.

The second victim said she felt completely lost, destroyed and stupid.

“I had no interest in living. My spirit was crushed,” the victim said in her statement.

Mr Cash said his client maintained that at the time he believed the victims were aged 16 or over, but now accepted that was not the case.

Psychiatrist Danny Sullivan told the court that Humble suffered from hebephilia, not paedophilia, which means he is attracted to young adolescents.

He said Humble would find prison difficult because of publicity surrounding the case.

Humble’s de facto wife told the court she supported him “200 per cent”.

She said Humble had earned recognition for his culinary skills, including the moniker of the risotto king.

Prosecutor Francesca Holmes said Humble knew the victims were vulnerable because they needed money and she said his remorse was sparse, if non-existent.

Humble, of Rosanna, was found guilty of six charges of sexual penetration of a child under 16. He pleaded guilty to three counts of making child pornography and one charge of accessing child pornography.

He will be sentenced by Judge Hampel on February 20.

Porridge for risotto monster Simon Humble

  • by: James Campbell
  • From: Sunday Herald Sun
  • November 20, 2011 12:00AM

THE man once dubbed the risotto king of Australia is in custody after being convicted of a string of sex offences against girls as young as 14.

On Thursday, Simon Humble, 50, of Rosanna, sat with his head in his hands after a jury pronounced him guilty of six counts of sexual penetration of a minor.

The court heard Humble, who was formerly the owner of Southbank Italian restaurant Tutto Bene, paid two 14-year-old girls – one of whom was in the care of the Department of Human Services – to have sex with him.

He had also pressured them to procure other under-age girls to have sex with him and to send pornographic photographs of themselves to his mobile phone.

Humble had earlier pleaded guilty to three counts of making child pornography and using a carriage service to access child pornography, but his defence to eight other charges was that he had paid the girls for sex believing they were over 16.

In two cases he managed to convince enough of the jury of five women and seven men for him to be acquitted by majority verdict. But the jury convicted him unanimously on six other charges of under-age sex.

Humble’s crimes were uncovered after one of his victims confessed to counsellors at a youth camp that she had been assaulted by a man two days earlier.

She later provided police with a mobile phone number and a description of a sports car she said belonged to the man later identified as Humble.

When police examined Humble’s phone records, they found he had been calling young girls from all over Melbourne.

They then applied for a warrant to tap his phone and over several weeks recorded him speaking to several girls and pressuring them to find girls to have sex with him.

Humble was arrested in early December last year and charged with 11 counts of sexual penetration of a minor, three counts of making child pornography, one count of possessing child pornography, two counts of committing indecent acts in the presence of a minor and two counts of committing an indecent act on a minor.

The offences took place over six years at St Kilda, Sydenham, South Yarra, Rosanna, Montmorency and Eltham, mostly in his car.

Humble was originally charged with crimes against four girls – two of whom were 14-year-olds in DHS care – but one of the victims later failed to appear at his committal hearing and prosecutors dropped the charges relating to another.

He was dubbed the risotto king of Australia in 1999 by TV chef Antonio Carluccio and has had a long career in Melbourne restaurants.

Humble – who has an earlier conviction for soliciting prostitution – was remanded by Justice Felicity Hampel to be sentenced next year.

Risotto chef on child-sex charges

  • James Campbell
  • From: Sunday Herald Sun
  • May 15, 2011 12:00AM

THE man dubbed the risotto king of Australia has been charged with a string of child sex crimes.

At a committal hearing on Tuesday, chef Simon Humble, 49, pleaded not guilty to 20 charges of sex crimes against girls as young as 14.

Police and prosecution sources confirmed the co-owner of Italian restaurant Tutto Bene faces one count of rape, 11 counts of sexual penetration of a minor, three counts of making child pornography, one count of possessing child pornography, two counts of committing indecent acts in the presence of a minor and two counts of committing an indecent act on a minor.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between 2004 and 2010 at St Kilda, Sydenham, South Yarra, Rosanna, Montmorency and Eltham and were allegedly committed against four girls, two of whom were 14 year olds in the care of the Department of Human Services.

Police telephone intercepts are alleged to have caught Mr Humble arranging liaisons with a large number of young females.

Mr Humble began his career at the famous French restaurant Maxim’s before moving to the Italian eateries Cafe e Cucina, Il Bacaro and Scusami.

In 1999 he won the Silver Medal at the World International Risotto competition in Italy and leading television chef Antonio Carluccio dubbed him the risotto king of Australia.

In 1998 he cooked for Italy’s President during his visit to Australia.

Mr Humble was charged by Sunshine police late last year and appeared in court two days before Christmas where he was given bail.

The committal hearing of his charges began on Tuesday before magistrate Michelle Ehrlich, who on Wednesday adjourned the matter until August.

Reached at home in Rosanna yesterday, Mr Humble said he had no comment.


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