Man who admitted prowling for victims is re-employed by shop
A man who confessed to arming himself with a knife and stalking the streets, looking for women to rape, was offered his job back at a supermarket.
Christopher Fulton, 27, who fantasised about killing his victims so they couldn’t tell police, walked away from Melbourne Magistrates’ Court after spending 63 days on remand.
The Mildura man — who was charged with being armed with criminal intent — also admitted to searching online for pornography involving animated images of children as young as three, saving some material as the background image on his laptop.
Police, who had seized a number of items from his home, were yet to lay charges relating to child pornography at his sentencing in December last year.
Fulton revealed to police he drank eight stubbies of beer one night before putting a kitchen knife in his back pocket and stalking his neighbourhood.
He said he planned to ambush his potential victim from a dark area, hold a knife to her throat and restrain her with his karate training.
He said one woman stopped and asked him for a cigarette, but she wasn’t to his liking.
While he failed to carry out his intentions, Fulton said that he had been fantasising about sexually assaulting girls as young as six for several years.
Fulton told police he had sought psychiatric help, but was told he didn’t have a diagnosable condition and that he should distract himself with a hobby.
In sentencing Fulton to a two-year community corrections order, Magistrate Simon Garnett said community protection was his main concern.
“Obviously your intent or your expressions of intent to others certainly causes concern to me and it would cause concern to community,” Mr Garnett said.
“If you breach the order, one of the consequences could be imprisonment for a significant period.
“Do you understand that?” he asked.
Fulton was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for eight years and ordered to undergo treatment for his mental health and alcohol abuse.
Fulton’s lawyer stated his employer, a Mildura supermarket, had offered him his job back.
But crime victims advocate Noel McNamara said he was “gobsmacked” that Fulton could be released.
“You’d have to be frightened of him ... he’s a threat to the community and should be punished as such,” he said.