Nurs­ing home sex as­sault

Man, 92, as­saulted an elderly dementia pa­tient

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS - AN­NIE PERETS an­nie.perets@fraser­coastchron­i­cle.com.au

ON THE same day an elderly Her­vey Bay man vis­ited his late wife’s re­mains at a cre­ma­to­rium, he sex­u­ally as­saulted a woman with dementia at a nurs­ing home.

The vic­tim does not re­mem­ber be­ing mo­lested due to her ill­ness, a court has heard.

Former coal miner Stan­ley James Shaw, who is blind in one eye and has a range of health is­sues him­self, had never been in trou­ble with the law be­fore.

But at age 92, he stood in front of a mag­is­trate this week on the se­ri­ous charge of sex­ual as­sault.

He pleaded guilty in Mary­bor­ough Mag­is­trates Court to the in­ci­dent that hap­pened at a Mary­bor­ough nurs­ing home on Jan­uary 1.

The as­sault date marked 10 years since Shaw’s wife died.

The court heard Shaw had at­tended the cen­tre on the day specif­i­cally for the pur­pose of vis­it­ing the vic­tim.

Af­ter be­ing left alone in her room, he as­saulted her.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Kathryn Stagoll said an em­ployee walk­ing past the room saw Shaw rub­bing the vic­tim’s gen­i­tal area “quite hard” and then putting a hand in­side her shirt.

The elderly woman was seated when she was be­ing mo­lested.

Later, she had to be in­formed about what had hap­pened to her.

Shaw’s de­fence lawyer said her client did not re­call the event but “ac­cepts the facts”.

“He’s deeply re­morse­ful and em­bar­rassed to be in this sit­u­a­tion,” she said.

“(The vic­tim) was well known to the cou­ple.”

Deem­ing Shaw un­likely to com­mit an­other crime, Mag­is­trate Terry Duroux de­cided to keep the elderly of­fender out of jail.

“You’ve had a blameless life, up un­til now,” Mr Duroux said.

“A cus­to­dial order is ap­pro­pri­ate to­day.”

Shaw was given a five­month jail sen­tence, wholly sus­pended with an op­er­a­tional pe­riod of 18 months.

A con­vic­tion was recorded.

‘‘ YOU’VE HAD A BLAMELESS LIFE, UP UN­TIL NOW.

MAG­IS­TRATE TERRY DUROUX

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