Cattle station worker jailed for 'extraordinarily serious' child sex offences
A court hears that some victims were preyed on while they slept during a series of sex offences spanning several years.
An East Kimberley man from a family 'synonymous with the cattle industry' has been jailed for nine-and-a-half years for a series of sex offences against children.A fourteenth resident has died at Newmarch House, the coronavirus-hit aged care home in Western Sydney.Can I go to the beach this weekend? However, special-events florists, like Debbi Weiss of Sydney's Bellevue Hill, have struggled.This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced.
Key points: Laurie Yeeda, 52, admitted to raping and abusing four children between 1994 and 2017 Court told Yeeda used power to isolate and abuse victims Judge Gillian Braddock jailed Yeeda for nine-and-a-half years Laurie Yeeda, 52, appeared by video link in the Perth District Court from Kununurra Courthouse yesterday.In November he pleaded guilty to 16 charges, including indecent dealings and rape, against four different victims between 1994 and 2017.The total confirmed cases at the facility in Caddens is 61, with 37 residents and 24 staff infected with the virus.The court heard the victims were aged between 10 and 15 years at the time of the offences." But from the depths of despair, Ms Weiss and other under-employed florists have started a goodwill movement called #lovefeelgoodflowers.'Power imbalance' Prosecutor Caja Polglase said the offending was ongoing and persistent and involved a degree of premeditation.More to come.The court heard in some cases he had preyed on his victims while they were sleeping, and therefore when they were particularly vulnerable, or he had arranged to be alone with them.
In one instance he tried to bribe a victim with cigarettes."It's been wonderful getting great responses from people, because flowers bring the smiles and bring the joy to people," Ms Weiss said.She said there were also significant age discrepancies between Yeeda and his victims, and the offending demonstrated a serious breach of trust."There was a pronounced power imbalance between the victim and the offender," she said."He clearly has a sexual interest in children and a willingness to act upon it."They have a certain magic that you just can't get any other way, so it's been a wonderful initiative." Three victim impact statements submitted to the court stated the victims were still dealing with the trauma many years later.
Pastoral family Defence lawyer Ben White acknowledged the seriousness of the charges and said there were few mitigating factors.He told the court his client had a difficult childhood and was exposed to alcohol abuse and domestic violence, but he had worked all his life since the age of 14.He said his client had spent a large portion of his life working across the Kimberley and the Northern Territory as a ringer on cattle stations.Mr White said the Yeeda name was synonymous with the cattle industry, and noted that his client and his brother, Robin, were heavily involved with Lamboo Cattle Station west of Halls Creek.The court heard several of Yeeda's relatives still supported him despite the offending.
Yeeda pleaded guilty to the charges, but Mr White acknowledged this was after a trial date had been set.He said the lower life expectancy for Aboriginal people should also be a factor when sentencing.'Extraordinarily serious' Judge Gillian Braddock said the charges were "extraordinarily serious." "You committed these acts against these girls without any concern for their welfare or their rights," she said."You put your sexual desire before their wellbeing, before their good health and before their happiness.
"You set this up so that these children were with you, alone or you crept up on them when they were sleeping in bed, and you did to them what you thought you would enjoy, [with] no regard for them at all." The court heard he had also been convicted in 1988 for sexual offences against a 14-year-old.Judge Braddock sentenced him to a total of nine-and-a-half years imprisonment for the 16 charges, with the sentence backdated to January 2019 to reflect time already spent in custody.He will be eligible for parole after seven and a half years.Posted.
Convicted in '88 for sexual offences against a 14yr old. Pleaded guilty to 16 charges, incl indecent dealings & rape against four 10-15yr old's between 1994 & 2017. Judge Gillian Braddock said the charges were 'extraordinarily serious' yet gave him less than 10yrs inside 🙄😠 Assuming this guy was aboriginal?
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