Corey Croft, murdered alongside his partner in their Upper Coomera home, was a
convicted child sex offender
The man murdered in his home at Upper Coomera this week was a child sex
offender with convictions in two states.
The Gold Coast Bulletin can reveal
Corey Croft served time
in South Australian and Queensland jails before he and partner
Renee Carter were allegedly stabbed to death at their home on Tuesday by Christopher Robert Carter.
Carter was Ms Carter’s ex-husband and the father of several of her children.
Police said they were aware of Croft’s criminal past and had ruled it out as a motive for the murders.
But Australia’s leading child protection advocate, Hetty Johnston, has
questioned how Croft was able to change his name in an attempt to hide his past.
He was living in a street near young children whose families were unaware of his convictions.
Regional crime co-ordinator Superintendent David Hutchinson confirmed Croft had changed his name
and moved to Queensland from South Australia.
In 1995 Croft, then known as Corey Krawtschenko, videotaped himself raping a five-year-old family
friend and was arrested after his mother found the tape and turned him in to police.
He was sentenced to two years and three months imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 18 months.
A public outcry led to the sentence being doubled in November 1996 to four years and six months,
with a three-year non-parole period.
In January, 2007, after moving to Queensland and changing his name, Croft appeared in the Southport
District Court charged with possessing child exploitation material.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment, suspended after four months.
Supt Hutchinson said police had investigated whether Mr Croft’s past offences might have
been a motive for Mr Carter allegedly stabbing him and Ms Carter to death.
“He has convictions in South Australia for sex offences,” Supt Hutchinson said.
“We have looked at that and that’s not the motive.”
Ms Johnston, the founder of Bravehearts, said Croft should not have
been able to change his name and forge a new life, only to return to his devious ways.
“There should be absolutely no opportunity for any registered sex offender to be able
to change their name,” she said.
“We want people to be accountable for their pasts so we can protect the next generation of children.
“We as a nation should have got this right by now, we need to stop it.”
Ms Johnston said the community needed more tools so people could find out whether
a neighbour was a registered sex offender.
“We need to at least give the community a fighting chance by ensuring repeat sex offenders
and their whereabouts are known to the community in broad terms,” she said.
“We also need an opportunity for people to be able to contact authorities to
find out if someone spending time with their children is a registered sex offender.”
She said databases that gave out sex offenders’ exact addresses, such as
those used in the US, did not work.
“They don’t help the situation as every suburb has sex offenders living in it, most of whom are not registered.
“Most sex offenders get away with it, so the trick is to make sure your children are educated about it.”
Post-mortem examinations were being carried out on the bodies of Mr Croft and Ms Carter yesterday.
Their five-year-old son, who slept through the murders, is in the care of relatives.