Sex trial ad­journed again

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - Ash­wini Saseedaran

The fam­i­lies of the young vic­tims of an al­leged child sex of­fender were again left with no an­swers as the mat­ter was ad­journed for the sev­enth time at Perth District Court last week.

State pros­e­cu­tor Joel Grin­ceri has hit back at Bal­divis man Rhian Lee Ryan’s de­fence for seek­ing another ad­journ­ment al­most 12 months af­ter Mr Ryan first ap­peared in Rock­ing­ham Mag­is­trate’s Court on child sex charges,

“It is un­fair to make the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies wait any longer,” Mr Grin­ceri said at last Fri­day’s trial hear­ing.

“Enough is enough — there is no rea­son the ac­cused should not be sen­tenced for the charges he’s plead guilty to as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Last year, the 20-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of sex­u­ally pen­e­trat­ing a child over 13 and un­der 16, and one count of threat with in­tent to com­pel the do­ing of an act.

An ex­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion led to his ar­rest af­ter it was al­leged he sex­u­ally as­saulted two 13-year-old girls at his Bal­divis res­i­dence.

Mr Ryan’s de­fence lawyer Jim Suther­land suc­cess­fully va­cated the hear­ing on sev­eral oc­ca­sions by ap­peal­ing for the guilty and not­guilty charges to be dealt with si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

Mr Ryan had pre­vi­ously pleaded not guilty to two counts of ag­gra­vated sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion without con­sent, one count of de­pri­va­tion of lib­erty, one count of as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm and one count of threat with in­tent to com­pel the do­ing of an act.

But Judge An­drew Stavri­anou agreed to Mr Grin­ceri’s re­quest to deal with the charges sep­a­rately and ruled to ad­journ the guilty mat­ters.

A two-day trial has been set for Oc­to­ber to show pre-recorded wit­ness state­ments from the al­leged child vic­tims.

Mr Ryan was re­manded in cus­tody to face trial on March 9, 2019.

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