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Joel Kershaw

Posted: April 12, 2019 by Serendipity in NSW, Photo
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Age:  24  ( 2019 )

Location:   Corowa  /  Wagga Wagga,  NSW

Offence:   Concivted of  two counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 10 years of age.

Sentence:  Sentenced to 9 years jail. Will be eligible for parole in August 2023.

Other:   Kershaw was sleeping in the  lounge room of a friends home when he entered the child’s bedroom & assaulted her. Her mother heard the victim cry, which caused her to get up to investigate, finding Kershaw hiding behind the bedroom door, having committed the two offences. Police were called and shortly arrested Kershaw nearby.




Sex offender avoids prison term in court

23 Aug 2016, 4:17 p.m.

A MAN who groped a friend’s young daughter has avoided jail time to continue with a sex offender program.

Peter Charles Anton, 49, touched the seven-year-old victim in her Albury home in January last year.

Anton had been invited into her father’s house and had been spending time with the man and the victim.

The father had said he needed to shower and left the room, but changed his mind.

When he returned a short time later, he found the then 47-year-old standing over the girl, looking down her pants.

Anton was told to get out of the home and reported the incident to a support worker later that day.

He admitted to touching the girl and was arrested at his home on February 17.

He made partial admissions to police and the victim said it was the only time it had happened.

Albury District Court on Tuesday heard the incident had been brief but opportunistic.

Despite having several mental health problems and low IQ, the court heard Anton had some insight into what he had done.

He had also taken responsibility for the offence, showed remorse and understood the impact the incident would have had on the young girl.

The 49-year-old, who was found to be “simple” with a mild intellectual disability, is considered to be of low to moderate risk of re-offending.

Anton has been admitted into psychiatric care for issues including schizophrenia and suicide ideation 22 times in Albury and Wagga since 2002.

Judge Clive Jeffreys noted the importance of Anton undertaking a sex offenders program, which was unlikely to be available in jail due to the nature of the offence.

Anton had disclosed the Albury incident to a psychiatrist whom he first saw last December and was placed on sex offender treatment.

Mr Jeffreys said the seriousness of the incident meant a jail term was needed.

He sentenced Anton to 17 months in jail but immediately suspended the sentence.

He was placed on a bond, which includes supervision by community corrections and must be of good behaviour.


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Convicted murderer Kenneth Cannon sentenced to extra seven years jail for 1986 Wagga Wagga rape

By Jessica Kidd

Posted yesterday at 2:14pm

A convicted murderer has been sentenced to an extra seven years in prison for raping a teenage girl in the New South Wales Riverina almost 30 years ago.

Kenneth Barry Cannon, 55, was sentenced to seven years in jail for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl at knife point in Wagga Wagga in 1986.

He appeared by video link in Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court this morning to be sentenced over the historical crime.

The court heard Cannon threatened the girl with a knife, forced her to the ground in Bolton Park and took her jeans off.

The then 26-year-old Cannon told the girl “don’t make a sound unless you want to get cut”.

When the attack was over, he told her “I don’t care if you report this or not, it’s just one of those things”, the court heard.

As Judge Deborah Payne handed down her sentence, she told the court the girl immediately reported the attack and was taken to hospital for examination.

Judge Payne said semen found in the girl’s underpants was matched to a sample of Cannon’s DNA in 2008.

Cannon pleaded guilty to the attack last year.

Cannon has continued to reoffend, judge says

He is already serving a lengthy prison sentence for the rape and murder of Wagga Wagga teenager Sally Ann Jones in 1987, and the rape of a 16-year-old girl in 1990.

In today’s ruling, Judge Payne said the seriousness of Cannon’s offences meant he was not entitled to leniency.

“He has continued to reoffend in a most serious way,” she said.

“This must have been a terrifying experience for the victim.

“She was walking home at night or in the early hours of the morning and she had every right to do so.”

In addition to the sentence of seven years, Judge Payne also suggested Cannon receive treatment for sexual deviancy while he remains in prison.

The ruling takes Cannon’s total sentence to more than 32 years and seven months, but he will be eligible for parole in December 2018.

He will remain in protective custody until then.

Sally Jones’s killer pleads guilty to rape of another Wagga teenager

By Ken Grimson

Aug. 6, 2014, 6 p.m.

A MAN found guilty of one of Wagga’s most infamous murders – the sex killing of 18-year-old Sally Jones in 1987 – has pleaded guilty to the knifepoint rape of another teenager five months earlier.

Kenneth Barry Cannon pleaded guilty to sexual assault in Wagga Local Court on Wednesday.

He was committed for sentence in Wagga District Court at its next sittings starting September 15.

A “cold case” review of the rape of a 15-year-old in Bolton Park off Edward Street on November 8, 1986, led to the arrest of 54-year-old Cannon in February.

A 21-year jail maximum sentence handed down in August, 1991, for the murder of Miss Jones expired in 2012 and he is currently serving a sentence for the rape of a third victim – a 16-year-old girl on May 12, 1990.

Cannon used a knife as he preyed on young women in Wagga’s central business district in the early hours of the morning.

Sally Jones was last seen alive leaving a Baylis Street night spot called Choices in the early hours of Easter Sunday, April 19, 1987.

Her body was found in the Murrumbidgee River at the Wiradjuri Reserve later that morning after Cannon told police he had discovered a pair of black boots and then drag marks along the beach leading to the river, as well as blood stains on the boots and sand.

Cannon, a 27-year-old mechanic at the time, told police he made the grim discovery while out jogging, but his trial was told he had never been jogging in his life.

Sally’s body was discovered with 20 stab wounds.

A DNA profile of blood supplied by Cannon exactly matched a DNA profile of semen found on underpants on Sally’s body.

A DNA profile taken from the underpants of the 15-year-old victim in 1986 also matches a profile taken from Cannon, according to agreed facts tendered to Wagga Local Court on Wednesday.

The clothing was kept by police for 27 years waiting for a breakthrough in the unsolved case.

According to the facts, the 15-year-old was walking along Edward Street past Bolton Park about 3.50am on November 8, 1986, when Cannon approached her.

After placing his arm around the girl, he said: “Don’t make a sound unless you want to get cut”.

According to the facts, the girl then realised Cannon was holding a knife with a 15cm serrated edge against her throat.

Cannon forced the girl into Bolton Park where he raped her and then let her go, saying: “I don’t care if you report this or not, it’s just one of these things”.

The girl reported the incident to police and her clothing was kept for forensic examination.

The facts said a police cold case project team with the Department of Health’s Division of Analytical Laboratories completed a review of the police investigation into the attack some months ago, leading to the DNA match and Cannon’s arrest in February.

In September, 1991, the month after he was jailed for Sally Jones’s murder, Cannon pleaded guilty to the May 12, 1990, rape of the 16-year-old girl.

She was snatched off Morrow Street near the Victory Memorial Gardens about 12.30am and raped at knifepoint in the vicinity of the Civic Theatre and the levee bank near the Riverina Playhouse.

Cannon was sentenced to prison until August 29, 2020, for that crime.

The rape and murder of Sally Jones was one of the darkest chapters in Wagga’s recent history and created an atmosphere of fear in the community.

In sentencing Cannon, Justice Studdert described the murder as savage, most dreadful and most vicious.


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‘Flirting’ leads to jail term for army private

July 19, 2014, midnight

BANDIANA army private Nathan John Flanigan has lost his career and his freedom for grooming three teenage girls for sexual activity after sending each of them a large number of text messages.

Flanigan, 27, was jailed for 16 months, with a minimum of seven months, when he appeared for sentencing in Albury Local Court yesterday.

He had been found guilty in April following a defended hearing.

His solicitor, Mark Cronin, said Flanigan’s employment with the army had been formally terminated on July 9 and he had returned to live with his parents at Wagga.

Mr Cronin described Flanigan as “a naive young man” who had already suffered a significant penalty through losing his career.

But Director of Public Prosecutions representative Andrew Hanshaw said it was paramount that children be protected from sexual abuse.

“There is no indication of remorse or contrition,” Mr Hanshaw said.

He said Flanigan actively pursued the girls, bombarded them with text messages and twice went to a town near Albury at night seeking to have sex with two of them.

Magistrate Tony Murray said a psychologist’s report indicated Flanigan was a medium to high risk of re-offending and directed he accept counselling.

His offending came to light after a girl, 13, her mother and stepfather went to the police station in Albury last year.

The girl told a detective she knew Flanigan and had his mobile phone number listed on her phone under the name “creep”.

Flanigan sent a naked photo of himself with an erect penis to the girl about 5.30pm on February 14 with a message the same day saying: “You want sex”.

Many text messages were sent to two other girls, aged 14 and 15, who live in the same town as the younger girl.

The court was told Flanigan, who pleaded not guilty to the grooming charges, sent 191 text messages to one girl in a 14-day period, 406 to another girl in seven days and 82 in a 24-hour period to the third girl.

Flanigan made a round trip from his base to the town to hang out at a park, play on swings and take part in hide-and-seek with the girls.

He claimed in his police interview the girls thought it was all a bit of a laugh and they were leading him on.

Flanigan admitted sending the naked photo and told detectives: “I just made a mistake and sent a photo.”

There was evidence during the hearing that Flanigan was aware of the girls’ ages and he made a concession in his interview about “flirting” with them.


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Sentenced at Leeton Local Court to a 15-month suspended sentence and a 12-month good behaviour bond.

Guilty plea for child porn


10 Sep, 2011 12:00 AM

A LEETON teacher yesterday pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and will be sentenced in November. Gustave (Gus) Kearl, 27, was a teacher at St Francis College when he was arrested in June after the discovery of child pornography on a personal computer hard drive at the school.

He was immediately stood down by the Catholic Schools Office in Wagga and has not taught since.

The office yesterday was unable to say what Kearl’s future would be after sentencing because his case was still before the court, but the likelihood is he will be sacked.

Kearl will be sentenced on November 11.

A pre-sentence report was ordered by magistrate Megan Greenwood in Leeton Local Court to help determine what sentence is handed down.


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Jacob Bennie

Posted: October 17, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, NSW, Suspended Sentence
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Man guilty of child pornography

03 Mar, 2010 09:42 AM

A FORMER youth worker convicted of 12 child pornography offences must see a forensic psychologist regularly during the 30 months of a good behaviour bond and must not use the internet until the Community Offender Service deems it appropriate that he do so.

Jacob Bennie, 22, was sentenced in Wagga Local Court yesterday by magistrate Geoff Hiatt after earlier pleading guilty to six counts of disseminate/produce child pornography and six counts of transmitting child pornography.

The bond and a six-month suspended sentence was given to Bennie for the six transmitting child pornography offences under Commonwealth law, while he was given six two-month suspended jail sentences for disseminating/producing child pornography under NSW law.

Mr Hiatt said given the objective seriousness of the NSW offences the only appropriate penalty was imprisonment.

However, he suspended the jail terms for several reasons, including the fact that a jail-based sex offenders’ program required the offender to be imprisoned for at least 18 months.

Bennie was deemed unsuitable for periodic detention and community service.

Mr Hiatt described Bennie’s crimes as unusual in that they did not involve images of children, although one non-pornographic photograph of a child was sent over the internet.

He assessed the criminality of the offences as being towards the lower end of objective seriousness but said the penalties needed to carry an increased level of general deterrent to deter others in the community from committing these types of crimes.

Bennie must forfeit $500 if he breaches his bond.

He stopped working as a youth worker after his arrest.

The court last month heard that the years Bennie had invested in university study for a degree in social work had now been wasted and his marriage was under great strain.

Child pornographer caught

16 Feb, 2010 09:46 AM

BEING caught writing fictional child pornography has cost former Wagga youth worker Jacob Bennie his planned career and several years of study as well as placing his year-old marriage under great strain, Wagga Local Court was told yesterday.

“In his own words, his life has gone to hell in a handbasket,” Bennie’s legal representative, Chris Murnane, told magistrate Geoff Hiatt.

Mr Murnane made the remark in his sentencing submissions for 22-year-old Bennie, who has pleaded guilty to six counts of disseminate/produce child pornography and five counts of using a carriage service to transmit child pornography.

Mr Hiatt will sentence Bennie on March 2nd.

Bennie was charged late last year after police found evidence on another man’s computer of Bennie boasting about assaulting children as young as seven.

Mr Murnane said the offences involved Bennie writing about his fantasies, but no child had been harmed.

“It was all fictional, nothing took place,” Mr Murnane said.

“There was no exploitation of a living child.”

Police prosecutor, Virginia Morgan, said although no real child was harmed, Bennie had still engaged in conversations about exploiting children as young as seven.

“This is still a matter that warrants general and specific deterrence,” Sergeant Morgan said.

Youth worker pleads guilty to porn charges

29/10/2009 10:22:00 AM

A YOUTH worker who yesterday pleaded guilty in Wagga Local Court to 12 child pornography charges was caught after police found evidence of him boasting on the internet about assaulting children as young as seven.

Police facts tendered to the court said 22-year-old Jacob Bennie was charged after police analysed the computer of another man and found various child pornography and child abuse material that was traced back to Bennie.

The pornographic material consisted predominantly of written material saved on the man’s computer during MSN chats, the facts said.

They said Bennie had numerous on-line MSN contact with the other man as far back as July 25, 2005.

“During these conversations the accused and (the other man) openly discuss child sexual assaults,” the facts said.

Two of the offences depict sexual acts Bennie said he had committed upon children aged between seven and 15.

Bennie, however, told police after he was arrested outside his Kilpatrick Street home on September 29 this year that none of the acts he had written about online were real, but were fiction from his fantasising.

“The accused informed police that he had a sickness and that he fantasised about sexual relations with children under 16 years of age,” the police facts said.

Bennie was employed as a part-time youth worker and was a third-year social sciences student at the time of his arrest.

Magistrate Anthony Murray was quick to ask about Bennie’s employment when he read the police facts.

“Has the place where he is working been notified of these offences?” Mr Murray asked. “It would be highly inappropriate if he was still working there.”

Bennie’s solicitor, Chris Murnane, replied that Bennie was no longer working as a youth worker.

Bennie pleaded guilty yesterday to six counts of disseminating/producing child pornography and six counts of using a carriage service to transmit child pornography.

Mr Murray adjourned the case until December 14 to allow police time to give more details of the offences.

According to police facts, Bennies’ arrest came out of a police operation in the Lake Macquarie/Newcastle area called Strike Force Georgiana.

Police there began investigations into pedophile activity in the Newcastle area in April, 2008.

A man was arrested in October last year and was charged with 13 offences.

According to police facts, a number of the computers were seized from the man’s premises in Hamilton, Darlinghurst and Girvan. They were analysed this year and, according to police, contained various child pornography and child abuse material.