Kyabram Free Press

Sex offender trailed woman to her car

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A former Kyabram registered sex offender followed a woman in a Melbourne shopping centre and then exposed himself when she got into her car.

Matthew Aaron Carewickha­m, 31, pleaded guilty in Shepparton Magistrate­s’ Court to directing a sexual activity at a person knowing that would cause fear or distress and committing an indictable offence while on bail.

As a registered sex offender, he is also charged with failing to report to authoritie­s within seven days of his release from custody, failing to comply with reporting obligation­s and failing to report a change of telephone number.

Prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Chris Cole told the court Wickham followed the woman through Bayside Shopping Centre in Frankston, through another mall and to her car parked on a nearby street on June 22.

Once the woman — who was a stranger — was in her car, he approached the passenger side of the car and fondled his genitals in front of her, Leading Sen Constable Cole said.

Care-wickham, who used to live in Kyabram but was released from custody to live in Frankston, was also on bail at the time.

The court heard that when he was interviewe­d by police, Care-wickham admitted to following the woman and exposing himself to her.

Leading Sen Constable Cole also told the court Care-wickham had been placed on the Victorian Register of Sex Offenders for life in 2008.

He said when Carewickha­m was released from prison on another matter on April 27, he did not report to authoritie­s within seven days of being released.

He was arrested in May for also not telling authoritie­s his new phone number or his new Facebook username, Leading Sen Constable Cole said.

When he was interviewe­d by police, Care-wickham agreed he had not reported to authoritie­s within seven days of his releasing, saying “it didn’t even cross my mind”.

Care-wickham’s solicitor Anthony Coote said a Forensicar­e report pointed out Care-wickham’s “high risk of re-offending” and his “anti-social lifestyle patterns”.

“He’s got no idea why he does it,” Mr Coote said.

He said his client felt “worthless” and had “low self-respect”, was also “juiced up on (the drug) GHB”.

Magistrate Ian Watkins ordered Care-wickham be assessed for a community correction­s order, before the matter comes back to court in September for sentencing.

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