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Convicted rapist Shaun Plunkett tried to burn victim’s house down while on bail

By Sam Tomlin

Posted yesterday at 6:22pm

A Western Australian man convicted of sexually assaulting a woman tried to burn down the victim’s house while on bail for the attack, a court has heard.

Shaun Henry Plunkett was found guilty of the assault, which took place in September 2016, after a two-day trial in the Kalgoorlie District Court this week.

The 27-year-old is already serving a four-year, eight-month jail term for the March 2017 arson, having pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court last December.

Judge John Staude sentenced Plunkett to a further two years’ jail today for the sexual assault.

After the jury delivered its verdict, Prosecutor Fiona Clare revealed Plunkett had attempted to burn down the woman’s house, where he had sexually assaulted her.

“He’s committed a serious arson offence against the same victim,” Ms Clare told the court.

“There’s no indication of remorse in this case.”

No consent given: Judge

During the trial, the court was told Plunkett had drunk more than 20 beers and half a bottle of vodka before walking to the woman’s home.

There he spent several hours drinking, with the woman rejecting his advances when he attempted to kiss her.

Despite this, the woman allowed him to sleep in her bed, only to wake to find him sexually assaulting her.

Sentencing Plunkett today, Judge Staude said a grievous breach of trust had been committed against the victim.

He said the 27-year-old’s drunken state did not excuse his actions.

“You were not mistaken, you did not believe [the woman] consented to sexual penetration,” Judge Staude said.

“You knew sex with [the victim] was out of the question.

“This was a vulnerable woman who trusted you and took you into her home that night.”

While Plunkett’s lawyer Wendy Hughes argued the sex was consensual, the prosecution said it was a clear-cut case of assault.

“Letting someone into your bed is not the same as letting someone sleep with you,” Ms Clare said.

Drug, alcohol abuse triggered psychotic symptoms

Plunkett followed up his initial arrest on the sexual assault charge with a string of arson attacks around Norseman in March last year.

In attacks unconnected to the sexual assault, he burned one property to the ground and severely damaged another.

At the victim’s house, he set a doormat on fire in what Judge Staude said was a clear attempt at harming her.

“You believed [the victim] was asleep inside,” he said.

During his sentencing for arson in December, the Supreme Court was told regular drug and alcohol abuse had led to Plunkett being hospitalised with psychotic symptoms.

A court-ordered psychiatric assessment saw him diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder and anger management issues.

But Judge Staude also said the 27-year-old’s behaviour had improved after his access to drugs was removed in prison.

Plunkett will be eligible for parole after four years and eight months.





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Baby Gammy: Biological father David Farnell tries to access donations raised for child’s medical costs

By Irena Ceranic

Updated about 2 hours ago

The biological father of Gammy, the baby at the centre of a surrogacy dispute last year, is trying to access donations raised for the child’s medical costs, a charity says.

The case made international headlines last year after convicted sex offender David Farnell and his wife Wendy Li abandoned their son in Thailand because he has Down syndrome and took only his twin sister back to Australia.

Gammy lives with his Thai surrogate mother, Pattaramon Chanbua, who depends on the money donated to charity to cover his medical costs.

The founder of the Hands Across The Water foundation, Peter Baines, told the ABC that Mr Farnell was now trying to access the money raised.

“It’s perplexing. I don’t understand it on any level,” Mr Baines said.

“The funds were donated by everyone because of the alleged actions of Mr Farnell, and to think he believes he has some right of claim over it … I find it perplexing.”

Mr Baines said more than 6,000 people had donated around $235,000 to the foundation since details of the Gammy case were made public.

He said he was not certain how much of the money Mr Farnell was seeking.

“The money was donated through the goodwill of people from not just Australia, but across the world, for the immediate care and for the long-term care of Gammy,” Mr Baines said.

“We’ve taken all steps we can as a charity to ensure that 100 per cent of those funds that we donated go directly to Gammy now and for the future.”.

Speaking to the ABC, Ms Chanbua asked if Mr Farnell had “gone insane to think like this”.

“He does not deserve or have any rights to the fund as he abandoned Gammy in the first place,” she said.

“People donated money for Gammy and not for anyone else. Even though I am Gammy’s mother, I don’t have any right to take it.

“I want to ask him: ‘Who do you think you are? What made you think you have the right to take it?'”

So far the money donated has been used to buy a home for Gammy’s impoverished family and monthly payments are made to his mother for his ongoing medical and welfare needs.

Mr Baines said it was estimated the remaining funds would cover Gammy’s expenses for another five or six years.

“I certainly don’t think [the funds] were donated by anyone thinking that Mr Farnell would at some point have access to them, and we’ll do all we can to prevent that,” he said.

Twin of baby Gammy to remain with family under strict conditions

Updated yesterday at 8:51pmFri 7 Nov 2014, 8:51pm

The family at the centre of an international surrogacy scandal will retain custody of their infant daughter, subject to strict court conditions.

The Gammy case made international headlines earlier this year, after a Thai surrogate mother accused convicted sex offender David John Farnell and his wife, Wendy Li, of abandoning their son, who suffers from Down Syndrome, and taking only his twin sister.

The Department for Child Protection began proceedings in the Family Court after it was revealed Mr Farnell, 56, had been convicted of child sex offences in the 1990s.

Mr Farnell was sentenced to three years’ jail in 1997 for sexually molesting two girls under the age of 13.

Just months later, while still imprisoned, he was charged again – this time with six counts of indecent dealings with a child under the age of 13.

Those offences were said to have occurred over a 10-month period in the mid-1990s.

WA Child Protection Minister Helen Morton said on Friday orders had been granted by the court that provided for the baby girl’s safety, including;

  • the appointment of an independent children’s lawyer;
  • the development of a “robust” safety plan; and
  • active monitoring by the department.

“The members of the safety network are all well aware of the issues involved, their role and responsibility in the child’s safety and wellbeing, and have formally agreed to report and future concerns to the department,” Ms Morton said in a statement.

“I am satisfied that the rigorous safety planning and interim orders that have been granted by the Family Court WA will provide for this child’s safety.”

Ms Morton said her department conducted a comprehensive safety assessment with the cooperation of Mr Farnell and his wife.

She said she had been granted approval by the chief judge to release details of the baby girl’s safety plan.

The media is usually banned from identifying parties involved in Family Court proceedings.


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Man pleads guilty to child-sex offences in Asia

Posted Tue May 16, 2006 5:39pm AEST

A 55-year-old man has pleaded guilty to committing child-sex offences while travelling in South-East Asia.

Barry Glenn Iles was the second Western Australian to be charged with the offence under the Commonwealth Crimes Act.

He was arrested last month by officers from the Child Protection Squad for filming dozens of children during recent overseas trips, possessing child pornography and indecently recording a child in the Perth suburb of Joondalup.

Iles pleaded guilty today in the Perth Magistrates Court to three offences and will be sentenced in the District Court on August 29.

The federal offence of child sex tourism carries a maximum penalty of 12 years in jail.

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Posted: October 20, 2012 by Serendipity in Queensland
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Internet user pleads guilty to procurement charge

Posted Fri Jul 21, 2006 7:07pm AEST

A 49-year-old man has pleaded guilty to engaging in sexually explicit activities online with an undercover police officer he thought was a young girl.

Queensland man Terence Michael Briscoe was caught during a Western Australian police crackdown on cyber predators.

Police say Briscoe used an Internet chat room to speak to a girl he believed was under the age of 16 for about a week, before arranging to met her.

The child was in fact an undercover police officer, and when the man flew to Perth for the meeting he was arrested.

Today he pleaded guilty to using the Internet to procure a child for sex and using the Internet to expose a child to indecent material.


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