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Rapist goes free

A rapist who targeted prostitutes will be released under a strict supervision Order after serving a 12-year prison term.
In the Supreme Court in Brisbane, Acting Justice Julie Dick found the public Could be adequately protected by imposing the strict supervision order on Robert Leslie Riddler.
He was jailed for 12 years in 1999 after pleading guilty to two counts of rape, Two counts of attempted rape, five of sexual assault and two of deprivation of Liberty.
In a written judgment which has just become available, Acting Justice Dick said Both of Riddler's victims, who he attacked two days apart in January 1998, were Prostitutes.
Acting Justice Dick said Riddler forced his victims to wear hoods, threatened Them with a sharp object which was probably a screwdriver and raped them.


The courier-mail (QLD - Brisbane) (28-2-2011)




Convicted rapist loses flood gong

Premier Anna Bligh is standing by her decision not to give a convicted rapist a Queensland Disaster Heroes' award.
Bob Riddler, who was convicted of raping a sex worker on the Gold Coast in 1997, spent 12 years in jail before being released last September. He is on a five-year supervision order.
When the floods hit Ipswich in January, Mr Riddler volunteered at Shiloh Christian Church in Goodna, using his van to transport food and furniture to flood victims.
He worked 14-hour days, seven days a week, wherever help was needed.
In early March, he was told by Corrective Services to stop volunteering. A request by the church's pastor to allow Mr Riddler to resume volunteering was refused.
On May 20, Mr Riddler received a letter from the Premier telling him he had been nominated by the community as a disaster hero.
"You have demonstrated amazing community spirit during these tough times and we couldn't have continued on the road to recovery without your tireless efforts," Ms Bligh wrote.
"I would then like to invite you to attend a very special Queensland Disaster Heroes' ceremony."
Yesterday's Queensland Times said Mr Riddler received a letter from the Premier's director-general, Ken Smith, four days after Ms Bligh's letter.
That letter said Mr Riddler's criminal history had come to the department's attention and that it was "inappropriate" for him to accept the award.
Mr Riddler told the Queensland Times he was trying to turn around his life, and volunteering during the floods was part of that effort.
Yesterday the Premier defended her decision and added: "Hopefully he understands. If he's really going to turn his life around, he needs to understand why it wouldn't have been appropriate for him to be here today."


www.brisbanetimes.com.au (12-6-2011)
Ellen Lutton
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/convicted-rapist-loses-flood-gong-20110611-1fyhe.html#ixzz2uknTSRAp








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