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The Supreme Court of Queensland has dismissed his appeal against his conviction & sentence.



The Supreme Court has denied Mentink bail to prepare an appeal of the most recent sentence.

Royal commission: Abuse still haunts Queensland man four decades on

By Lexy Hamilton-Smith

Updated 15 Dec 2017, 1:15pm

Kelvin Johnston waited 40 years for his day of reckoning.

It came in November this year when the school teacher who molested him while on a school camp, Wilfred Mentink, was thrown in jail.

Mr Johnston, who was just 14 when he was sexually abused, said the vile acts he had to endure still haunt him to this day.

His heart goes out to the thousands of child abuse victims hoping for justice today as the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hands down its final report.

“We want action. Really people have to take the attitude [that] it all starts now,” he said.

The damage caused

The former Salisbury High School student easily recalls the frightening school camp trip at Mount Barney in the Scenic Rim, when he and several of his fellow students fell victim to Mentink’s predatory behaviour.

“The teacher proceeded to wander around all weekend naked,” he said.

“Some of the things we witnessed was an abomination at the way kids should be treated by an adult.

Now 55, he would like to stare down his abuser and make him account for what he did.

“Your brain is rewired where you do not know what is going on and have to have years of therapy to get to the point where you can function.

“I find myself with five kids from three different mothers.”

He said some of what happened haunts him.

“You might be a narcissistic man. I do not know why you choose to have relationships with children rather than adults,” he said.

“That is an issue for you mate

“That is something you need to live with and think very deeply while you are in jail about what you have done.”

‘We want action’

Mr Johnston now serves on the Queensland Child Sexual Abuse Legislative Reform Committee and advocates for those affected by abuse.

He said the royal commission had made some people accountable, but not enough.

“People who have covered up this sort of stuff need to be held to account,” he said.

“There is not one person in Australia that I am aware of that has been convicted of concealing these sorts of crimes.

“But I am sceptical that things will change.”

On the final day of the royal commission yesterday, Justice Peter McClellan handed a book of survivors’ harrowing accounts to the National Library of Australia.

“The conjunction of events that the royal commission has examined can only be described as a national tragedy,” Justice McClellan said.

Queensland Child Protection Committee chair Elizabeth Kobierski said those words are not much different to those uttered by then prime minister Julia Gillard when she announced the commission in 2012.

“She called child abuse vile and hideous,” Ms Kobierski said.

“The beginning and the end. Now people have recognised this has been a shocking experience for many young people.

“I notice some 15,000 people have come forward to different ways to tell their stories.

“I do not think that represents all those people impacted or currently impacted.

“This is an ongoing issue that we all have to pay attention to.

“In my strongest words I can say stand up adults, let’s be protective, let’s be aware and make sure our children get the best possible chance they have moving forward.”

Convicted paedophile held in East Timor over child porn

Updated 29 March 2012, 12:30 AEDT

A convicted Australian paedophile has been remanded in custody in East Timor after being found with pornographic images of Timorese children.

Wilfred Mentink, 56, is also facing charges of illegally entering East Timor after defying a deportation order issued in June.

Mentink was arrested by United Nations and East Timorese police last week when they searched his yacht and found nearly 40 items relating to child pornography, including photographs, CDs and two laptop computers.

He was remanded in custody for 30 days by an East Timorese court while further investigations are carried out.

Mentink was jailed for six years in the Australian state of Queensland in 1993 after pleading guilty to child sex abuse charges.

Australian pedophile given 48 hours to leave

June 14 2003
By Jill Jolliffe

A convicted Australian pedophile has been ordered to leave East Timor after a pioneering joint operation involving Australian and East Timorese police.

Dili immigration authorities gave former Queenslander Wilfred Mentink 48 hours to leave the country after he sailed into Dili harbour on Wednesday on board his yacht Loris.

Acting United Nations Police Commissioner Dennis McDermott said Mr Mentink had been turned back after failing to declare his convictions on immigration entry documents.

“It’s a first example of co-operation on this question,” he said. Australian and East Timorese police had been tracking the yacht’s movements before it arrived in Dili.

In September 1993 Mentink pleaded guilty in a Queensland court to charges of having sex with a minor and indecently dealing with another minor.

He received a nine-year sentence, later reduced on appeal to six years, and was released on parole in 1996.

Customs and immigration officials boarded and searched the yacht early on Wednesday, later informing Mr Mentink he could not land because he had made false statements on an immigration entry form.

Bernadette McMenamin, of the child protection group Child Wise, said it was “an excellent development”.

Speaking from Melbourne, she said it pointed to the need for Australia to go further, by obliging convicted pedophiles to report to police before leaving the country, following British practice.

“In this case they have turned back someone who could have seriously harmed East Timorese children, who are among the most vulnerable in the world,” she said. “If there is not closer monitoring, East Timor could go the way of Cambodia.”

East Timorese police are increasingly concerned about pedophile and prostitution rings, whose clients are mainly international.





Neville Ross Mader

Posted: January 16, 2013 by Serendipity in Western Australia
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Convicted paedophile Mader gets more gaol

Published: 3:53 pm, Thursday, 29 January 2015

A Perth man who has already been jailed three times for sexually abusing teenage boys has been sentenced to two more years.

Neville Ross Mader pleaded guilty in the District Court of Western Australia last month to five charges including indecent assault, sexual penetration without consent and indecent dealing.

The offences were committed against boys aged 15 between 1990 and 1997.

Mader was previously convicted in 1998, 2001 and 2008 for similar offences, serving seven years behind bars from a total sentence of nine-and-a-half years.

He was not granted parole but received an automatic one-third off his sentences for good behaviour, a discount that no longer exists in WA.

The five charges for which he was convicted on Thursday, involving three complainants, occurred in the same time frame as the previous offences.

In one incident in 1991, Mader plied a boy with alcohol and watched pornography with him before abusing the teenager.

After hearing submissions, Judge Allan Fenbury said Mader had preyed on vulnerable youths who had turned to him for sanctuary.

He had breached their trust appallingly, Judge Fenbury said.

The judge said Mader had showed remorse and contrition, but that did not appear ‘fulsome’.

He noted a pre-sentence report had some disconcerting observations, namely Mader’s distorted view of how vulnerable his victims had been and the impact of his actions on them.

Mader had recognised his offending had affected the boys, but also said they had taken ‘an awful long time’ to complain about it.

‘You blame the victims a bit,’ Judge Fenbury said.

He said that if the five counts had been before the previous judges, there was no doubt Mader would have served about 11-12 years.

Mader will be eligible for parole.



WA man pleads guilty to child sex abuse

December 11, 2014, 12:36 pm

A Perth man has pleaded guilty to historic child sex offences committed against three boys more than 20 years ago.

Neville Ross Mader pleaded guilty in the Perth District Court on Thursday to five charges including indecent assault, sexual penetration without consent and indecent dealing.

All the offences were committed against boys aged 15 between October 1990 and November 1997.

In one incident in 1991, Mader plied a boy with alcohol and watched pornography with him before abusing the teenager, the court heard.

He was released on bail and will appear in court again on January 29.



Committed for a trial to face charges of aggravated sexual assault,  aggravated indecent assault and sexual penetration without consent.

Some WA child sex charges dropped

March 12, 20145:57PM

SOME historic child sex abuse offences have been dropped against a Perth man, but he still

faces several other charges.

Neville Ross Mader currently faces six charges against two boys including aggravated sexual

assault, aggravated indecent assault and sexual penetration without consent.

Several other charges related to a third boy were dropped in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Mader is due back in court in April.

Perth man Neville Ross Mader could face more child abuse charges

November 27, 20136:46PM

A PERTH man facing child abuse charges against two boys could face further charges from a third alleged victim.

Neville Ross Mader has been charged with 11 offences including aggravated sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault,

sexual penetration of a juvenile male and sexual penetration without consent.

Mader appeared briefly in the Perth Magistrates Court today and had his bail renewed.

The court also heard there could be further charges laid against him from a third complainant.

Mader is due back in court in January.,23599,23484192-421,00.html

Pedophile lured street kid onto yacht

April 04, 2008 05:15pm

A PERTH man has been jailed for plying a vulnerable homeless teenager with alcohol and sexually abusing him on a yacht.

Neville Ross Mader, 56, was today sentenced to two years’ jail after pleading guilty to two counts of procuring a 15-year-old boy to engage in sexual behaviour and one count of sexual penetration of the boy.

Western Australian District court judge Peter Martino said Mader took his victim and another teenager to a yacht moored at Fremantle late in 1992 or early 1993.

The victim was often homeless at the time and had many problems, Judge Martino said.

“He was a vulnerable person,” he said.

During the night and the next morning, Mader gave the teenager alcohol and performed oral sex on him twice, while the teenager performed oral sex on him once.

“These are serious offences and have had a serious adverse impact on the life of the victim,” Judge Martino said.

Given the psychological impact of the assault, he said, it was understandable the victim had waited so long to come forward with his complaint.

Mader had entered an early guilty plea but had not shown any remorse, the court was told.

Eligible for parole, he could be freed in 12 months.


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Worked at a youth hostel: Kenneth Roy Lang outside Cairns District Court.

Worked at a youth hostel: Kenneth Roy Lang outside Cairns District Court.

Search for missing pedophile yachtie

NT NEWS   |  November 18th, 2011

POLICE will continue searching off the Top End coast for a convicted pedophile who has been missing since late October.

Darwin watch commander Craig Ryan said police were searching for the man around the Vernon Islands and Melville Island from the south central tip of Cape Gambier to the central east coast area of Tinganoo Bay.

Kenneth Roy Lang’s 12m catamaran Screamer was spotted beached in mangroves in Chambers Bay 100km northeast of Darwin on Tuesday.

Lang was the first pedophile to be convicted for sending child pornography from his mobile phone in 2008.

Crim had keys to kids’ rooms

Friday, July 11, 2008

The Cairns Post

CONVICTED sex offender Kenneth Roy Lang was working at a Port Douglas youth hostel and had keys to rooms where children stayed, it emerged yesterday.

A guest at the YHA-affiliated Port o’ Call hostel recognised Lang from yesterday’s report in The Cairns Post.

The woman, who did not want to be identified, said Lang had worked at the hostel as a cleaner during her recent stay.

On Wednesday, Lang was convicted of transmitting child pornography on his mobile phone. He also was convicted in 1992 of sexually penetrating a child.

The hostel guest was shocked to think that a sex offender could be working in a place where school groups of 10 to 12-year-old children often stayed.

“I’m sure the parents of those children would not be incredibly happy if they knew what he’d done,” she said.

She described Lang as talkative and friendly, particularly to young girls staying at the hostel.

“His opening line was to ask people if they wanted to come on to his boat.”

Port o’ Call management yesterday issued a repeated “no comment” to queries about Lang’s employment at their Port St premises.

A second Port o’ Call guest confirmed that Lang worked at the hostel.

“We spent time at the youth hostel for a few weeks and that picture was definitely him,” the woman said.

“We knew he was called Ken and the picture on the front page was very clear.”

She also said she was shocked to realise a convicted sex offender had access to young people’s rooms.

“He’s got keys to the rooms,” she said.

The shocked woman said: “We shared the newspaper with somebody who works there and they knew it was him.

“They were quite easygoing and dismissive about it.

“They said, ‘Oh yeah, we knew about that – he’s worked here year after year’.”

Lang’s yacht The Screamer was seen leaving its Dickson Inlet mooring and heading out of Port Douglas yesterday.

Lang’s sentencing conditions require him to provide a DNA sample to the Australian Federal Police next week.

It is understood the AFP is aware of his current location.

Lang’s details are expected to be added to a national sex offender register in coming weeks.

Queensland Police said Lang had up to 28 days to provide his details.

It’s a sick joke

Sophia Browne

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Cairns Post

THIS is a smirk that will revolt any parent.

After being convicted of transmitting child pornography – so graphic prosecutors would not disclose the details – Port Douglas pensioner Kenneth Roy Lang, 70, sits laughing outside Cairns District Court yesterday.

Just hours earlier, he was sentenced to 12 months’ jail but was released immediately because he had served four months in custody awaiting his court date.

He had pleaded guilty to five counts of transmitting child pornography material and two counts of transmitting child abuse material, after sending 27 sexually explicit text messages to a woman in Cairns while he was holidaying in Thailand in December 2006.

It also emerged that in 1992, Lang pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual penetration of a child aged 10 to 16 years.

On that occasion, he served six months of an 18-month jail sentence.

Yesterday, the court heard Lang told police he had not touched a young person in Australia or overseas since his previous conviction in Melbourne.

He is the first Australian convicted for sending child pornography from his mobile phone.

Lang has also been ordered to submit his DNA to a national police database and will be placed on the national sex offenders’ register.

Commonwealth prosecutor Jane Bentley did not read the detail of the text messages to the court but said they included, “graphic descriptions of the defendant engaging in sexual intercourse with Thai children aged between 12 and 15 years”.

In sentencing, Judge Sarah Bradley also refused to read the content of the messages to the court because they were “revolting”.

“They are a graphic depiction of sexual and violent abuse of children,” Judge Bradley said.

Lang was arrested by Australian Federal Police at Cairns airport in July last year, when he was attempting to travel back to Thailand.

Ms Bentley said Lang admitted sending the messages and said they were “pure fantasy and phone sex”.

“He said he knew images of child pornography were illegal but he didn’t know ‘this sort of thing’ was illegal,” she said.

In his defence, barrister Sandra Pearson said her client sent the text messages in response to messages from a woman he had met through a personal ad.

Ms Pearson said the woman, who later went to the police about the content of the messages, sent an SMS to the defendant telling him to “tell it filthy, the filthier the better”.

“He (Lang) can see how right-minded members of the community would see the messages as abhorrent,” Ms Pearson said.

She also told the court that the media attention her client received as a result of the child porn charges meant he had been verbally abused and physically assaulted on several occasions, and would likely have to leave the Far North.

Lang was also given a three-year good behaviour bond.

Pensioner jailed in child porn SMS first

Updated Wed Jul 9, 2008 3:07pm AEST

A far north Queensland pensioner has become the first person in Australia to be convicted under federal laws for sending child pornography in an SMS message on a mobile phone.

Kenneth Roy Lang, 70, from Port Douglas, was arrested at Cairns airport in 2006 after he sent seven sexually explicit images of children to a friend in Australia during a holiday in Thailand.

Lang was charged with five counts of transmitting child porn and two counts of transmitting child abuse material.

In the Cairns District Court, Judge Sarah Bradley described the images as “disgusting” and sentenced him to 12 months jail, suspended for time already served.

She also took into account Lang’s guilty plea and prior convictions for three sex offences in Victoria.

Judge Bradley also granted an application for Lang to be included on a national database of sex offenders.


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