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William Arthur Gibbon

Posted: August 12, 2016 by Serendipity in Photo, Western Australia
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Age:  51  (2016)

D.O.B:  21/1/1965

Location:  Geraldton  WA

Offence:  1 count of indecent dealings with a child aged between 13 & 16 years. 7 counts of aggravated sexual assault.

Sentence:  Sentenced to 4 years imprisonment by the WA Supreme Court in 1994.

Other:  Offences were committed between 1992 & 1993.


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Paedophile Pendleton loses appeal bid

December 20, 2013, 2:01 pm

A WA man has failed in an appeal against his sentence for leading a jailhouse plot to start 

a doll-making business in Thailand as a front for a child sex ring.

Former teacher Mark Pendleton, 53, was in May found guilty of ringleading a plan involving 

other paedophiles – hatched when he was already serving a 16-year sentence for a string of 

sex offences against children.

He was handed a further jail term of more than six years.

His lawyer Simon Watters appealed the sentence, arguing it infringed the first limb of the 

totality principle, given that when Pendleton completes the sentence, he will still be subject 

to an indefinite detention order for dangerous sex offenders.

But on Friday, the full bench of WA’s Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal.

Pendleton was in October sentenced to an additional four years behind bars after admitting to 

abusing two girls, one of whom he began raping when she was aged seven.

Pendleton had befriended the younger girl’s mother in 1977, and abused her when he was 

supposed to be babysitting.

The second girl was 13 when Pendleton began abusing her in 1993, including raping her in 

a quarry.

The additional four-year jail term means Pendleton has been sentenced to a total of 27 years 

for sex offences – believed to be the longest total period for a pedophile in WA history.

DPP’s lapse may see pedophile freed

  • by: Cortlan Bennett
  • From: PerthNow
  • July 23, 2012 2:53PM

A NOTORIOUS convicted pedophile could be freed from jail because the Commonwealth has not given Western Australia authority to prosecute new child sex charges.

Former school teacher Mark Pendleton, 52, appeared in the WA Supreme Court today charged with conspiring to commit an indictable offence and conspiring to commit child sex offences overseas.

He appeared with convicted pedophile Kenneth William Bishop, 70, and Robert Gordon Cummins, 46, who have also been charged with conspiring to commit child sex offences overseas.

Pendleton was due to be released in March 2011 after serving 11 years of a 16-year sentence for sexually assaulting 11 girls from 1995 to 2000, but he was ordered to remain behind bars to face the fresh charges.

Bishop, a former British resident, is serving 16 years in jail after pleading guilty in 2002 to 44 counts of sexually penetrating girls aged 12 to 15.

Cummins has been remanded in custody, accused with Pendleton of planning a child sex tour of Thailand and Vietnam.

However, the three men have yet to be formally indicted – even though their case is listed for trial in November – because the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions has not authorised the state to prosecute the case on its behalf.

WA Supreme Court judge John McKechnie today questioned why the men had been held so long awaiting indictment, saying they could be released if the matter continued to drag on.

“Don’t be surprised if they leave the court (at their next appearance),” Justice McKechnie told WA prosecutor Joanne Andretich.

While Ms Andretich asked for a four-week adjournment pending Commonwealth authority and official indictments, Justice McKechnie also questioned her appearance before the court.

“I don’t know your authority to appear for the prosecution,” Justice McKechnie said, suggesting the state had not yet been authorised to proceed with the case.

Justice McKechnie also cast doubt on whether the trial was ready to proceed, saying he was “very conscious” of the fact the men had already been held for more than 16 months.

“I think the whole thing is just not ready for trial,” he said.

Ms Andretich assured the judge the case was ready to proceed and that authorisation would be granted within the next four weeks.

The judge remanded the men to reappear on August 20.


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