JAIL HIM ‘FOR LIFE’
WOMAN’S PLEA TO ATTORNEY-GENERAL
The mother of a 16-year-old girl has spoken out against the planned release and housing of a convicted sex offender in Geraldton.
Tracey Wild said she was “disgusted” and “appalled” by the decision and would do what she could to keep the man in jail.
A 67-year-old man with a horrific offending history is due to be released next week after he was granted permission by Supreme Court Justice Gail Archer to live with his Geraldton-based partner.
Her house is near several schools, prompting the launch of a petition to stop his release.
Justice Archer last month said the risk posed by the man could be countered by a long list of conditions to be included in an eight-year supervision order, including wearing a GPS tracking device.
Several petitions have been launched in an attempt to get the decision reversed, including one by Ms Wild.
“We don’t want this person in our community, or any community,” she said. “He doesn’t deserve freedom. “He took away innocent people’s freedom and you can’t give that back.
“If he thought he could be rehabilitated he would have done that a long time ago. Why give him a second chance?”
Geraldton mayor Shane Van Styn said he was “absolutely disgusted” with the planned release.
“The scumbag should be left to rot in jail where he belongs,” he said. “I was horrified that he’d be living anywhere, to be honest.”
Mr Van Styn said the City would help circulate a community petition to go to State Parliament in an attempt to get the decision reversed.
Member for Geraldton Ian Blayney said the decision ultimately rested on Attorney-General John Quigley’s shoulders.
“This is in Mr Quigley’s court,” he said.
“If nothing else, he can appeal the decision of the release.
“Mr Quigley is playing a long blame game and not doing his job to protect the people of Geraldton.”
The man committed his first offence against his 12-year-old sister-in-law in 1975, for which he was fined $200.
He received a minimum of a 21⁄2-year jail term in 1987 for abusing his daughter over several years.
On the drive from prison after the 1987 prison term, the man abused his seven-year-old nephew, and continued to abuse him for two years.
After the man was released from jail for attacks on another boy, he abused his nephew again.
In 2003, the man was jailed indefinitely after pleading guilty to 37 serious sex offences and eventually was ordered to serve 12 years.
He received a continuing detention order in 2015, which was rescinded by Justice Archer late last month.
His release was opposed by the Department for Communities and State lawyers.
Geraldton mother Tracey Wild says she is appalled at plans to release a child abuser with a horrific history and has launched a petition to keep him in jail.