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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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Child porn images ‘downloaded by accident’

12:00a.m. 31 October 2007

| By Rae Wilson

A senior Sunshine Coast public servant was searching for pornographic images of boys in their late teens to early 20s when he accidentally downloaded child abuse images, a court heard yesterday.

Shane Phillip Slater, 43, pleaded guilty in Maroochydore District Court yesterday to possession of 46 child abuse images, copying the images to a DVD and using the Internet to download them.

Judge Keith Dodds fined him $1000 and suspended a nine-month jail sentence for two years with convictions recorded.

“Every time someone like Mr Slater makes use of this sort of material, it offers encouragement to those who trade in the sexual exploitation of children,” he said.

Crown prosecutor Joe Crawfoot said 22 of the files were “chunk files” which could be put together to form a movie or viewed separately as images.

He said while Mr Slater admitted paying for some pornography, these images were “downloaded for free from a newsgroup he accessed via the Internet”.

“The most serious image downloaded relates to a 17-year-old boy that can be seen masturbating a 12-year-old boy,” he said.

Barrister Steve Courtney, instructed by Ryan and Bosscher Lawyers, said his client had worked at two councils before moving around south-east Queensland as a finance officer for Queensland Health for 17 years.

He said Mr Slater became the senior financial officer at the Sunshine Coast Health Services in 1994 but resigned soon after police executed a search warrant at his home in March, 2005.

Mr Courtney said Mr Slater had an interest in pornography involving boys in their late teens to early 20s but tried to cease the download of any child abuse material if any previews showed the content.

“He sought pornography of that group… but he accepts there was very little margin for error,” he said.

“Like-minded people would place images and movies for downloading (on newsgroups).

“He wouldn’t know what he was looking at until he had downloaded them.”

Mr Courtney said his client had moved interstate with his partner and ceased all contact with friends on the Sunshine Coast.

He said had found another finance job in public administration but had resigned, pre-empting the case arriving before the court.


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Andrew Mark Sheppeard

Posted: May 4, 2014 by Serendipity in Queensland
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Child porn videos land man in court

Kieran Campbell | 18th March 2011

ANDREW Mark Sheppeard used his work computer to download more than a dozen videos of child pornography.

His searches for adult pornography landed him in trouble when he started to uncover illegal videos.

Sheppeard pleaded guilty yesterday in Maroochydore Magistrates Court to seven counts of using the internet to access child pornography, a charge with a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail.

The court heard Sheppeard first searched the words “sex” and “porn” to find adult videos.

He noticed a lot of files included the acronym “PTHC”, which he began using to search for more videos. He said he did not know the acronym stood for “pre teen hard core”.

Police raided the Sunshine Coast business Sheppeard worked for on September 11, 2009 and a forensic analyst found 14 videos of child pornography that had been deleted from his computer. Sheppeard said some videos were of children as young as five but as soon as he opened it he would delete it.

Magistrate Bernadette Callaghan said Sheppeard’s crime was “serious” and “despicable”.

“The fact that you’ve just accessed it (child pornography) through the internet doesn’t make it a victimless crime,” Ms Callaghan said.

Sheppeard was sentenced to nine months imprisonment with immediate release and placed on a two year good behaviour bond.




Location:  Kingaroy/Sunshine Coast  –  Qld

Offence:  Pleaded guilty yesterday to having 3763 child porn images, videos or graphics on his computer

Sentence:  18 months probation and a $2000 good behaviour bond for two years on the Commonwealth charge of using the internet to access child pornography. Also sentenced to 12 months in jail on the state charge of possessing child exploitation material suspended for two years.

Other:  Was a former High School teacher whose computer was tagged within six minutes of logging on to a Croatian site.

Porn teacher admits guilt

Six minutes was all it took for federal police to nail John Farnsworth Saint Smith’s paedophile activity.

The Kingaroy State High School teacher of 22 years, who now lives on the Sunshine Coast, spent that time on a Croatian child porn site that had been tagged by the Commonwealth.

Federal police notified detective senior constable Adam Fairhurst and he took action.

The officer knocked on the door of Mr Saint Smith, 59, who admitted to the offence. He was one of three teachers charged during the national paedophile busts in June last year.

At a Kingaroy Magistrates Court hearing yesterday, Mr Saint Smith’s lawyer, Frank Martin, said his client would plead guilty to the charges of having kiddy porn on his computer as soon as the forensic testing was done.

More than 1000 porn images have been found. An undetermined number involve children thought to be aged between five and 17 years.

When Det Constable Fairhurst executed his search warrant, Mr Saint Smith was said to have used the words “stupid” and “infatuation’’ to explain his actions.

He told the senior constable he had seven images on his computer but it is now thought there are at least 43, along with 70 banner ads for child porn and sex sites, and six video files.

Forensic IT expert Michael Tarnawsky is trawling through the images to find what Mr Saint Smith viewed, when he looked at it, and for how long, and to determine if he saved the files or sent them on to other people.

The work is expected to be finished by the end of August and the images will be graded.

If they involve torture, cruelty or bestiality they will be given a rating of one under the Queensland Police grading system.

Adult pornography is given a ranking of seven and anything tagged as an eight or higher can be disregarded.

An animated level six image was viewed by the court after it was closed to the media.

The defence lawyers, magistrate Graham Buckley, the Commonwealth Prosecution’s legal officer Kila Pedder, Mr Tarnawsky and Mr Saint Smith then spent the next 50 minutes viewing the images so far captured and discussing the evidence around them.

Mr Martin said he would put Mr Saint Smith’s intention to plead guilty on the record.

“He’s not going to plead guilty today because the officer hasn’t completed his investigation into all the images and agreement on a set of facts has to be laid out,’’ Mr Martin said.

“My client accepts he had possession of child pornography and accessed child pornography under the Commonwealth charges.’’

Mr Saint Smith, who was given bail, will face court again for sentencing on a date to be set.


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Mark Steven Rankin

Posted: April 27, 2014 by Serendipity in Queensland
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Man jailed for sex with teenager

July 11, 2008 – 2:50PM

A man formed a sexual relationship with a child as his 21-year unconsummated marriage fell apart, a court has been told.

Mark Steven Rankin, 45, of Currimundi on the Sunshine Coast, has been given a seven-year jail sentence for the 20-month relationship, which began in January 2004 when the girl was just 13.

The Supreme Court in Brisbane was told that Rankin met the girl at her uncle’s funeral.

They became friends, but it developed into a sexual relationship over a period of almost two years.

The court was told they had sexual intercourse on a number of occasions, including on the desk at Rankin’s place of work while the teenager was there on work experience.

Prosecutor Chris Minnery told the court there was also numerous instances of oral sex, masturbation and digital penetration between the pair.

Mr Minnery said Rankin asked the girl to marry him when she was 16, but that she refused and the relationship rapidly disintegrated.

In 2007, the teenager confided in her mother about the relationship.

The court was told the mother and her partner took a baseball bat around to Rankin’s house and threatened to assault him.

He was later interviewed by police and made confessions about the relationship.

Rankin pleaded guilty to one count of maintaining a sexual relationship with a child.

He also pleaded guilty to supplying a dangerous drug with a circumstance of aggravation after it was revealed he gave the teenager a joint on one occasion.

The court was told the relationship had a “crushing impact” on the teenager, who had since suffered difficulties with school and depression.

Rankin will be eligible for parole in November 2010.

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Former teacher Troy Darren Porter faces jail for stalking schoolgirl

  • by: Kay Dibben
  • From: The Sunday Mail (Qld)
  • December 18, 2011 12:00AM

TEACHER Troy Darren Porter was convicted of indecent treatment of a young student two years ago, but walked free from court.

He escaped jail because he had already been in custody for 248 days leading up to his trial for exposing the then six-year-old girl to indecent acts. He was, however, ordered to stay away from the student.

The Attorney-General appealed the sentence, saying it was too lenient. The appeal was unsuccessful.

But if the appeal had been upheld and Porter had been locked up, the victim and her family would have been spared the trauma of Porter’s sick obsession, because he started stalking the girl again.

Fifteen months after the judge told him to stay away, Porter showed up at the girl’s school swimming carnival.

On November 18 last year, he left his parents’ Sunshine Coast home, which has a swimming pool, and drove 90km past 29 public pools to the Brisbane leisure centre where the girl was swimming with her class.
Porter then walked past the girl, who is now 10, winking at her as she waited for friends outside a change room.

On December 9, Brisbane Magistrate Judith Daley found Porter had deliberately planned his trip to the leisure centre in November last year, knowing the girl’s Year 5 class would be there.

A Taskforce Argos police investigation discovered that Porter found out where the girl would be by accessing a newsletter about the swimming carnival on her school website, a favourite site on his internet search engine.

The court heard Porter first met the girl as a trusted primary school teacher who had befriended her parents, sometimes sleeping over at the family’s house and having them stay at his home.

His obsession with the girl was even evident while he was on bail awaiting sentencing for the original offence. He went to the girl’s new school and called her over to the fence.

When Porter was sentenced in August 2009 for indecent treatment of the girl, he was freed but ordered to have no contact with her for two years and not to go within 200m of her school.

This time he is likely to go to prison. Magistrate Daley found Porter guilty of breaching the non-contact order and he is now waiting to be sentenced in Brisbane District Court. Porter has been released on bail.

Police also are seeking a civil order that could bar him from going near the girl or contacting her in future.

Hetty Johnstone of child protection group Bravehearts said the Attorney-General had been proved right and Porter should be jailed.

“This is highly predatory behaviour and a red flag,” Ms Johnstone said.

“He is stalking this little girl and harassing her.

“The court must respond accordingly, in favour of this little girl, and lock this guy away.”

Porter now works at a Sunshine Coast liquor barn.


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Adam Stanley Lamb

Posted: December 13, 2012 by Serendipity in Queensland
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FBI traps child pornography fiend

Rae Wilson | 7th December 2010

A SUNSHINE Coast man was jailed yesterday for downloading images and movies of babies and children engaged in sexual acts of incest, bestiality and bondage.

Police, acting on an FBI tip-off, raided Adam Stanley Lamb’s home and found almost 20,000 photographs and movies.

They were on two external hard drives, a laptop and a mobile phone when police raided his house in May this year.

Mr Lamb had used his credit card to subscribe and access child pornography websites.

Police received a tip-off after the FBI informed online payment company Paypal in Switzerland in January 2007 about Mr Lamb’s downloads and had his credit card cancelled.

Judge John Robertson described the material as “shocking” and “horrifying” when Mr Lamb faced Maroochydore District Court.

“They include quite appalling images of child abuse of the most depraved kind,” he said.

Police found 1523 movies and 17464 images across the four data sources at his home.

Children as young as six months of age could be seen engaging in sexual acts with adult men and women as well as other children.

In one video, a child aged under three years had her mouth covered with insulation tape while a male and female sexually assaulted her.

Another video involved a blindfolded six-year-old girl and a dog.

In other movies, a two-year-old could be seen sucking her thumb and an eight-year-old girl could be seen kicking and screaming while they were sexually assaulted.

Crown prosecutor Greg Cummings asked the court to consider “the sheer volume” of child exploitation material, the young age of the children, and the serious sexual assaults adults perpetrated against children in deciding on sentence.

Barrister Frank Martin said many of the images on the two external hard drive were duplicates, that the laptop was rusted out and unusable, and the mobile phone was not his client’s current phone when police did the raid.

He said Mr Lamb stopped downloading child pornography in 2007 when Paypal cancelled his account.

Mr Martin said Mr Lamb had worked at Big W, Dick Smith and Night Owl on the Coast.

He said the incident had been a wake-up call he needed to seek professional help over abuse he suffered as a child.

“He would like to apologise to his family, friends and the community,” he said.

Mr Lamb must serve six months of an 18-month jail sentence.

The balance will hang over his head for two years.

Most of the details submitted to the court were too graphic for the Daily to publish.


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