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Convicted child rapist sentenced for possessing porn
A convicted child rapist who has breached his strict supervision orders on three occasions has been given a two year suspended
sentence for possessing explicit child pornography.
Graeme Paul Hancock, 29, was arrested last year after he went to an internet cafe and downloaded child pornography to a USB device.
Brisbane District Court heard on Thursday a member of the public saw what Hancock was doing and contacted police.
Crown Prosecutor Clayton Wallis told the court Hancock fled the cafe and was arrested the following day.
During a search of his Wacol home, police discovered the USB device which contained 100 child pornography images and four child
A laptop was also found which contained seven child exploitation videos which were deemed to be in the second worst category.
Mr Wallis told the court Hancock had a lengthy criminal history for similar offences dating back to November, 2004, when he was
convicted on 26 child sex charges including rape.
He said Hancock served a five-year sentence for those offences.
The court heard after he was released he was arrested in April 2010 after being caught filming a naked four-year-old girl who
was swimming at Southbank.
Furthermore, the court in 2010 two psychiatrists classified his risk of reoffending as high.
However, he was released on a strict supervision order, which the court was told he broke on three separate occasions.
In sentencing, Judge Brian Deveraux said Hancock had a lengthy criminal history for very similar offences, but he had taken
into account his early guilty plea and willingness to assist investigators.
"There is no escaping the fact that your offences are serious, especially when you were already on a court order," Judge Deveraux said.
"There is no doubt your actions will be reviled by people in the community."
Judge Brian Deveraux sentenced Hancock to 18 months in prison for the possession of child pornography and suspended the sentence
"You must not commit a further offence in that time or you are in real jeopardy of activating the 18-month prison sentence if
you reoffend," he said.
Hancock nodded and then told the court in light of the tough stance Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie was taking towards sex
offenders "it was a damn good deterrent to stay out of trouble."
Pedophile's 'excessive' sentence slashed
A Brisbane pedophile has had his jail sentence slashed after the Queensland Court of Appeal agreed his prison term was excessive.
Graeme Paul Hancock, 25, was sentenced to 18 months jail in April when he pleaded guilty to indecent treatment of a child.
He had used his mobile phone to take a photograph of a naked four-year-old girl at South Bank parklands in June last year.
The offence occurred four months after Hancock was released from prison, where he had served five years behind bars for the sexual abuse
of three children aged five, seven and nine.
At the time of his arrest at South Bank, he was subject to a restrictive supervision order under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.
The offence breached the order and he was put back in jail under the provisions of the Act.
In the Court of Appeal this morning, defence barrister Carl Heaton said the sentencing judge - even though he had ordered Hancock be
eligible for parole after five months' behind bars - had failed to take into account his client had spent 10 months in jail before he was sentenced.
Mr Heaton argued the 18-month sentence was manifestly excessive.
After a short adjournment, Court of Appeal Chief Justice Paul de Jersey and Justices Hugh Fraser and Richard Chesterman returned a
unanimous decision to set aside Hancock's sentence and replace it with a lesser jail term.
They ordered his jail sentence expire today, but acknowledged Hancock would not be released from prison as he was still subject to
detention under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.
That Act allowed the continued detention of particular prisoners for their control, care and treatment, or for their supervised release.
Justice De Jersey said the offence was "at the lower end of the scale" because there had been no physical contact with the child at
South Bank and the child was unaware the photograph had been taken.
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Paedophile jailed over naked girl pic
A man who took photographs of a naked girl at Brisbane's South Bank had only recently been released from jail for raping
two young children, a court has been told.
Graeme Paul Hancock, 25, was arrested on June 14, 2009, accused of using his mobile phone to take photos of a four-year-old girl
playing naked in the shallows of the popular inner-city beach, the Brisbane District Court was told today.
Prosecutor Mathew Thompson told the court Hancock had only been released from jail four months earlier after
serving five years for a string of child sex offences, including the rape of two young children.
He was released on a strict 15-year community-based supervision order under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act,
which banned him from visiting public parks, or possessing child exploitation material, he said.
He breached his supervision order by committing this latest offence, and upon his arrest was returned immediately to jail, where he has spent the last 10 months.
Mr Thompson said that when confronted about taking the photograph, Hancock originally provided police with a false
name and gave them a second mobile phone that contained no illegal images.
When they finally retrieved the offending phone, they found a second photo of two small children, which Hancock had taken on a train.
Hancock today pleaded guilty to one count of indecent treatment of a child under 12 and two of breaching his supervision order.
Judge Milton Griffin said he took into account the 10 months Hancock had already spent behind bars when sentencing him to 18 months' jail.
He ordered Hancock be eligible for parole in September.
Attorney-General to Look at Child Molester Sentence
The Attorney-General may appeal against the sentence given to a pedophile who avoided jail because
he was bashed by his 10-year-old victim's father.
Shayne Thomas Davidson, 42, of Marsden, pleaded guilty to indecently dealing with a child aged under
12 and was given a nine-month intensive corrections order.
The Beenleigh District Court was told the offence happened in the boy's bedroom at Eagleby after a
State of Origin match on June 11, 2008. When the boy told his father afterwards, the furious dad
attacked Davidson and left him with serious head and facial injuries.
Davidson spent 10 days in hospital where he underwent surgery to insert 50 screws and several plates in his face.
Judge Ian Dearden ruled that because of the "exceptional circumstances" of the case, Davidson
should not have to serve time behind bars.
"There is no place in our community for a vigilante approach or the infliction of punishment
outside the criminal justice system," he said.
The boy's father is awaiting trial on a charge of causing grievous bodily harm, which carries
a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
The case has sparked widespread community outrage and child safety campaigner Hetty Johnston
described Davidson's sentence as "woefully wrong".
And yesterday Attorney-General Cameron Dick called for a transcript of the judge's sentencing
remarks to determine whether the state should appeal. He has 28 days from the June 15 date of sentencing to lodge an appeal.
Meanwhile, the Liberal National Party's deputy leader Lawrence Springborg said the case
highlighted the need for Queensland's sentencing laws to be overhauled "to reflect community standards".
In separate developments yesterday, serial sex offender Robert Fardon failed in his bid to
get a judge-only trial on a rape charge and will have to face a jury despite claiming
publicity would prevent him having a fair hearing. Fardon, the first Queensland prisoner
to be declared a dangerous sex offender and jailed indefinitely, allegedly raped a
61-year-old intellectually impaired woman on the Gold Coast last year. A trial date will be set next month.
Also, convicted pedophile Graeme Paul Hancock, 24, who was arrested at the weekend for
allegedly taking photographs of a naked four-year-old girl at Brisbane's South Bank
while under a supervision order, has abandoned his bid to be released on bail.
Courier Mail (19-6-2009)
Pedophile Hancock to be kept in jail
A tagged Brisbane sex offender who took photographs of a naked girl at South Bank Parklands at the weekend will be kept behind bars.
Graeme Paul Hancock, 24, made a brief appearance in the Queensland Supreme Court in Brisbane this morning, where he faced a charge of breaching a supervision order.
The order, which had 42 separate conditions designed to limit his Behaviour and risk of reoffending, was placed upon Hancock after his release
from prison in February this year for previous child sex offences, including rape.
The court was told Hancock breached four of the supervision order conditions when he was arrested by police at South Bank on Sunday after a
complaint was made that he had taken photographs of a naked four-year-old girl playing on Streets Beach.
Police found Hancock with a mobile phone in his possession that contained images of the girl.
Justice Martin Daubney said the conditions breached included: not to commit an offence; not to commit an offence of a sexual nature; not to
visit a public park and not to collect or retain images of children.
Hancock faced Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday charged with making child exploitation material and possessing child exploitation material.
He applied for bail, but the application was adjourned until Thursday.
Justice Daubney today said he was bound by the law to order Hancock remain in custody unless he could provide "exceptional circumstances"
to support his release back into the community.
Hancock's lawyer, Soraya Ryan, from Legal Aid Queensland, said she could not provide the court with evidence of
exceptional circumstances, meaning he must remain locked up.
Hancock made a brief appearance in court before the matter but was not present in the prisoner's dock when the case was heard.
Yesterday, the Brisbane Magistrates Court was told Hancock, who wears an electronic ankle bracelet to monitor his movements,
lived at a facility at Wacol, which held other former prisoners on supervision orders.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Rebecca McDonald described him as a "serious, dangerous and sexual predator" who had a history
of committing sexual offences against children.
He told police he could not control himself and if he saw a young girl wearing a skirt, he would have to look up it, she said.
The State Opposition yesterday questioned why a man with Hancock's record was allowed to go free from prison without an
attempt by the Attorney-General to seek indefinite detention.
Sex offender 'filmed naked girl at South Bank'
A convicted sex offender wearing an electronic tag told police he could not control his sexual urges when he was caught photographing a
naked child at South Bank Parklands yesterday, a court has heard.
Graeme Paul Hancock, 24, described in Brisbane Magistrates Court today as a "serious, dangerous sexual predator", was arrested
about 1.30pm while allegedly using a mobile phone camera to photograph a five year-old girl.
The girl was naked as she played on the shoreline.
It was revealed during a hearing this morning Hancock had a history of committing sexual offences against children and had served time in jail.
Since his release in February, he has been living under a supervision order at a facility at Wacol.
He was charged following his latest arrest with making child exploitation material, possessing child exploitation material and contravening a supervision order.
Sergeant Rebecca McDonald said Hancock told police he couldn't control himself and if he saw a young girl wearing a skirt he would have to try and look up it.
Sergeant McDonald opposed his release on bail on the grounds he posed a risk of reoffending.
"It would be a great concern for him to go back out into the community and allowed to be a predator to small children.''
Duty lawyer Caroline Hunter said Hancock, who suffers from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and Aspergers syndrome, wears an ankle bracelet to
allow Corrective Services officers to monitor his movements.
Ms Hunter said she understood the Wacol facility in which he lived could tighten Hancock's supervision restrictions so that he would not be allowed out.
Magistrate Linda Bradford-Morgan adjourned the bail application in order for more information about the facility to be obtained for the court.
A decision about his release will be made on Thursday.
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