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Sex offender has serial killer fantasies

A registered sex offender, fascinated by sexual violence and becoming a serial killer, has had a charge of loitering near a Geelong primary school dismissed.
Daniel Owens, 27, formerly of Summit Ave, Belmont, pleaded not guilty to the charge during a contested hearing in Geelong Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Owens, who has a criminal history dating back to 2005, is now serving three years and three months’ jail after being convicted of indecent assault, false imprisonment, theft and indecent language.
Those charges stemmed from an attack on a 17-year-old girl at a public toilet in Belmont on June 22, 2013.
On September 10, 2013, while on bail for that matter, Owens approached and indecently assaulted a young dance teacher as she conducted classes in a church hall.
Handing down sentence, Judge Geoffrey Chettle said that in October 2011, Owens appeared at Ballarat Court charged with committing an indecent act with a child and was placed on the sex offenders register.
Judge Chettle said Owens, who suffers from drug-induced psychosis and has priors for violence, dishonesty and firearms offences, then sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl in Geelong.
He said a psychiatric report described Owens as having thoughts of stabbing people and a fascination towards sexual offending and becoming a serial killer.
He said the report also described Owens’ psychotic illness as “resistant to treatment”.
During yesterday’s hearing, witnesses told how on May 13, 2013, a drunk man fitting Owens description, was seen hanging around Belmont Primary School trying to talk with students.
One witness told how the man had his arms stretched through the fence, beckoning young children to come to him.
Former principal Mark said he saw the man calling to students through the fence and at one point tried to grab students as they ran past.
He said the man was told to leave and eventually walked off.
Senior Constable Nathan Hahn, said Owens was arrested by police about 4.05pm, the same day, drunk, unconscious, sitting on a lavatory in a locked cubicle at a public toilet in Belmont.
“There were two empty Rexona cans on the floor and a broken whisky bottle,” he said.
He said Owens fitted the description of the man loitering near Belmont Primary School, was interviewed and charged.
Magistrate Michael Coghlan said each of the witnesses had given similar but varying descriptions of the man at the school.
He said that, while it was more likely Owens was the man at the school that day, he was not able to find the charge proved beyond reasonable doubt and the charge was dismissed.

www.geelongadvertiser.com.au (24-4-2014)

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