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Sex offenders/ name change

Legislation on either a State or Federal level preventing convicted paedophiles/ sex offenders from changing their names would help prevent sex crime.
Allowing a paedophile to change their name makes it more difficult for Police to keep tabs on them and easier for the paedophile to hide their past,which may well assist them to re-offend.
It is no secret that paedophiles/sex offenders are likely to re-offend and thrive on secrecy.
MAKO Inc - 2006


How child killer Austin Allan Hughes fooled family

The Kempsey family who unknowingly accepted convicted child killer Austin Allan Hughes into their lives feel ‘‘betrayed and horrified’’ that the murderer was able to blend into their community using a new identity.
Hughes, who now goes by Blain Lopez Smith, was arrested and charged with breaching the Child Protection Act on Friday after it was alleged he was living with a woman and her two children at Kempsey.
The revelation comes after he was released from prison in December 2009, having served 16 years for the brutal murder of six-year-old Nowra boy John Ashfield in tandem with the boy’s mother, Gunn-Britt Ashfield, in 1993.
Yesterday, the Kempsey woman’s mother spoke out about her daughter’s relationship with Hughes, and the family’s horror when they discovered that the sometimes-controlling boyfriend was in fact a violent killer.
Speaking through family lawyer Roger Firth, the mother said she was extremely distressed to learn that her young granddaughter and grandson had been exposed to Hughes unwittingly.
‘‘She felt betrayed and she was horrified that he could be in the community and that the children could be exposed to him,’’ Mr Firth, director of Firth, McAlpine and Scott Lawyers, said.
‘‘The thought that they’ve had the grandchildren in that environment [and that] on a number of occasions he has been with the children ... she’s certainly distressed by it.
‘‘She’s amazed that someone could change their name and just blend back into the community like he has.’’
The woman’s mother, who has lived in Kempsey for 20 years and runs her own business, thought Hughes was a very likeable, genuine man when she hired him for a job and eventually introduced him to her daughter.
‘‘He’s quite a personable person, quite a likeable guy,’’ Mr Firth explained.
‘‘She said she considered him a friend and that he ingratiated himself in the family then met her daughter and started going out with her.’’ However, the mother’s suspicions were raised when he avoided giving her information for a criminal background check.
Her concerns grew when the family noticed Hughes was always wearing a hat and sunglasses.
Conversations between Hughes and other family members also raised alarm bells, particularly after he told them on a number of occasions the woman’s young boy was ‘‘too spoilt and needed disciplining’’.
It came to a head when they did an internet search of the terms ‘‘Kempsey’’ and ‘‘killer’’ and came up with a photograph of Hughes and information about his murder conviction.
At the time Hughes was holidaying with the woman. It was only when they returned that her family dared show her their findings.
Hughes’ victim, John Ashfield, died after a prolonged attack during which he was kicked, punched and shoved into a cold shower before having his head placed on a phone book and repeatedly hit with a hammer.
Two of his brothers were forced to jump from a bunk on top of him.
Hughes has been living in the Kempsey area since his release from prison in December 2009.
At the time, the Member for Oxley, Andrew Stoner, now Deputy Premier, voiced his concerns about releasing the convicted killer into the community.
“If the State Government is stupid enough to let this person out early, they can send him elsewhere, he’s the last person Kempsey wants,” Mr Stoner had said. “Using our town as a dumping ground for a convicted child murderer won’t be accepted by the local community - he didn’t come from here and we don’t want him here.”
Yesterday, the mother warned that it could happen to anyone, and that people should be alert.
She also expressed sympathy for John Ashfield’s family.
‘‘She said she couldn’t imagine how they must be feeling,’’ Mr Firth said.


illawarra mercury (10-1-2012)
Bree Fuller
http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/news/local/news/general/how-child-killer-austin-allan-hughes-fooled-family/2414485.aspx?storypage=0


Bid to stop predators changing names

Police would be given the power to prevent sex offenders, prisoners and parolees from changing their names, under draft laws being considered by the nation's state governments.
There is also a recommendation for greater sharing of information between police and Births, Deaths and Marriages registries around the country, including an alert list for high-risk individuals such as paedophiles and organised crime suspects.
Victoria's Attorney-General Robert Clark has backed the plan.
"The Victorian Coalition welcomes this initiative and looks forward to discussing it," his spokesman James Copsey, said.
Federal and state attorneys-general will meet in Launceston tomorrow, where they will discuss the proposals.
Initiatives on the table include all states and territories using a national proof-of-identity framework, and an electronic document verification system so the nation's Births, Deaths and Marriages registries can verify who people say they are - and ascertain they are not using illegal documents.
People would also be allowed to change names only three times in their lifetimes.
Corrective services ministers will seek to ensure that prisoners and parolees must get approval before changing their names, and must notify Births, Deaths and Marriages registries of the change.
"The danger is heightened when you are talking about those convicted of serious crime, such as paedophiles, moving interstate to escape detection and unleash their misery on unfortunate victims," NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith said.
"These changes will go a long way to eliminating abuses of the system, and ensuring law enforcement agencies can obtain information in a timely manner."

Herald Sun (17-11-2011)
Lisa Davies
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/archive/news/bid-to-stop-predators-changing-names/story-fn7x8me2-1226197241323


Name Change Gave Sex Offender Freedom To Kill Schoolgirl

A sex offender who went on to brutally murder a schoolgirl went unchecked following his release from prison because he changed his name, a report revealed today.
Timothy Cuffy, 39, slaughtered 13-year-old Sandy Hadfield on July 21, 2002, after she called at his home in Usher Green, Lincoln, looking for her school friend.
After plying her with vodka, Cuffy led the youngster to secluded woods where he tried to have sex with her before slitting her throat with a 12-inch Gurkha knife.
He had moved to the area earlier in the year, going under the name of Timothy Barnett.
This, the report found, allowed him to hide his criminal record - specifically a conviction for indecent assault on a minor - from his new partner, her three children and authorities in Lincolnshire.
An independent report into how Cuffy came to be in Lincolnshire without any supervision, following his early release from a six-year sentence for burglary and assault on a blind woman, was released today following a two-year investigation by the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board.
The report found that vital information about Cuffy was not shared between the Probation Service, the police and health authorities who all had contact with him prior to Sandy's murder.
Cuffy, it was revealed, was a Schedule 1 offender following his conviction for indecently assaulting a girl under 16 in 1992.
Because of the date of his conviction, he was not listed on the sex offenders' register allowing him, as he admitted to the investigative panel during interview, to "disappear".
Despite this conviction when Cuffy - who also has a long-documented history of mental illness - was released from jail in October 2000 his licence period had expired, meaning that he was not under any statutory supervision by the Probation Service.
He returned to his home town of Derby and registered with a GP who referred him to a psychiatrist. Again, despite his background and the fact that Cuffy told the psychiatrist he was a sex offender, no risk assessment was carried out and he was released back into the care of his GP.
When he moved to Lincolnshire under the name Barnett the information was not passed on to the health authorities in the county and he was able to conceal his dark past.
His background also went unchecked during two encounters with Lincolnshire Police and during contact with social services in relation to his partner's children because of his identity change.
Reading from the report at a press conference this afternoon Avril Price, who chaired the case review, said: "This key information about him being a Schedule 1 offender should have been communicated between every agency with which he came into contact, from the point he became a Schedule 1 offender in 1995, in the interests of the welfare of any females and children with whom he came into contact.
"Another very important factor is that he changed his name when he came to live in Lincolnshire in 2002."
Ms Price said the case could be compared to the Soham inquiry into the deaths of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, where it was found that killer Ian Huntley - also a sex offender - was able to move county without being checked.
"His extensive criminal record was in the name of Timothy Cuffy," Ms Price said. "He informed Lincolnshire Police and (his partner's) children's schools that his name was Timothy Barnett, which prevented the revelation of his offending history and Schedule 1 status whilst he was in Lincolnshire."
Ms Price also revealed that Cuffy, when interviewed by the panel, said that only his incarceration in jail could have prevented the murder.
Following the publication of the report, Sandy's mother Jackie James-Clarke, 36, said she was "dumbfounded" that a sex offender was able to change his name and go unchecked.
She said: "A lack of communication the key in this investigation. Let us hope that Sandy's death will not be in vain.
"This man will continue to be a danger forever and I hope that he will never be released from prison.
"I want to say thank you to the board for shedding some light on many of the questions I personally wanted answered. I am still dumbfounded and shocked. It is very disturbing to know that a Schedule 1 offender was able to cross from one county to another.
"I think this needs to be addressed. It was a vital piece of information that could have prevented Sandy's death."
Cuffy was found guilty of murder in June 2003. In April this year Mr Justice Royce ordered him to serve a minimum of 20 years in prison.
Following the Soham Inquiry in 2004, national systems have been established through which the movements of known sex offenders can be traced if they are considered a risk to others.
A Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangement (MAPPA) has also been established in recent years in which the prison, police and probation services work together to carry out risk assessments and establish a framework in which to deal with dangerous offenders.
"Had the more robust framework system now in operation been in force in 2000 when Cuffy was finally released from prison unsupervised, the likelihood is that he would have been made subject to MAPPA and thus been subject to statutory oversight," Ms Price said.
Mike Shewan, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire Mental Health Services trust, said the psychiatrist who examined Cuffy following his release from prison, did not take the view that he was suffering a mental health disorder "of a level of severity that required treatment from the specialist mental health service."
He said: "Patients are only placed on the care programme approach when they have been accepted for ongoing treatment by specialist mental health services.
"The trust always attempts to learn important lessons from such inquiries, in addition to policy changes already made, will be reviewing the report's recommendations to determine whether any further action is necessary."

http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk (23-11-2006)

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Sex Offender Who Murdered Schoolgirl Went Unchecked After Name Change

A sex offender who went on to brutally murder a schoolgirl went unchecked following his release from prison because he changed his name, a report revealed today.
Timothy Cuffy, 39, slaughtered 13-year-old Sandy Hadfield on July 21, 2002, after she called at his home in Usher Green, Lincoln, looking for her school friend.
After plying her with vodka, Cuffy led the youngster to secluded woods where he tried to have sex with her before slitting her throat with a 12-inch Gurkha knife.
Sandy's mother Jackie James-Clarke, 36, said she was "dumbfounded" that a sex offender was able to change his name and go unchecked.
She said: "This man will continue to be a danger forever and I hope that he will never be released from prison.
"I want to say thank you to the board for shedding some light on many of the questions I personally wanted answered. I am still dumbfounded and shocked. It is very disturbing to know that a Schedule 1 offender was able to cross from one county to another.
"I think this needs to be addressed. It was a vital piece of information that could have prevented Sandy's death."
Timothy Cuffy moved to the area earlier in the year, going under the name of Timothy Barnett. This, the report found, allowed him to hide his criminal record - specifically a conviction for indecent assault on a minor - from his new partner, her three children and authorities in Lincolnshire.
An independent report into how Cuffy came to be in Lincolnshire without any supervision, following his early release from a six-year sentence for burglary and assault on a blind woman, was released today following a two-year investigation by the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board.
The report found that vital information about Cuffy was not shared between the Probation Service, the police and health authorities who all had contact with him prior to Sandy's murder.
Cuffy, it was revealed, was a Schedule 1 offender following his conviction for indecently assaulting a girl under 16 in 1992. Because of the date of his conviction, he was not listed on the sex offenders' register allowing him, as he admitted to the investigative panel during interview, to "disappear".
Despite this conviction when Cuffy - who also has a long-documented history of mental illness - was released from jail in October 2000 his licence period had expired, meaning that he was not under any statutory supervision by the Probation Service.
He returned to his home town of Derby and registered with a GP who referred him to a psychiatrist. Again, despite his background and the fact that Cuffy told the psychiatrist he was a sex offender, no risk assessment was carried out and he was released back into the care of his GP.
When he moved to Lincolnshire under the name Barnett the information was not passed on to the health authorities in the county and he was able to conceal his dark past.
His background also went unchecked during two encounters with Lincolnshire Police and during contact with social services in relation to his partner's children because of his identity change.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk




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