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Name: TERRENCE O'HARA

Age: 58 yrs old (2012)

State: VIC- Melton

Sentence: Sentenced to be updated. O'Hara was sentenced to almost 12 years in prison for a vicious attack on a St Kilda prostitute in August 1998.

Offence/Other: Sex offender..Has a history of sex attacks against women

News (20-3-2012)
A feared Melbourne sex beast was arrested after a woman who served him lunch
recognised his face from media reports.
The fugitive, regarded as one of Victoria's worst criminals, drove into the far north Queensland town of Ingham yesterday after a 2500km, three-day marathon behind the wheel.
O'Hara was sentenced to almost 12 years in prison for a vicious attack on a St Kilda prostitute in August 1998.
During his trial, a court heard the woman suffered more than 100 knife wounds.
At the time of sentencing in 1999, County Court Judge Glenn Waldron said O'Hara's offence showed a "worrying similarity" to crimes of rape and abduction he had committed in South Australia 22 years earlier.
In 2008, he was charged with the knifepoint rape of a woman in Moe, Victoria, but the prosecution did not proceed.
Read more below.

Terrence O'Hara



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Sex offender Terrence O'Hara charged after 3-day manhunt

A MELBOURNE sex offender is facing new charges after sparking a nationwide manhunt that led police to far north Queensland.
Terrence O'Hara, who has a history of sex attacks against women, was arrested on Monday, three days after he failed to return to his Melton home in northwestern Melbourne by his court-ordered curfew time of 11pm.
The 58-year-old had been living in the community on an extended supervision order that required him not to leave the state and to return to his home each night.
A ban on revealing his identity was lifted today when he appeared in Melbourne's County Court to be remanded into custody.
His lawyer acknowledged in court that her client had left Victoria on Friday and had been found by police in Queensland, but she did not provide an explanation for why he had suddenly left.
The court heard O'Hara would face charges of breaching several conditions of his supervision order, including bans on drug use and leaving the state.
He has already been charged with breaching curfew and other monitoring conditions.
O'Hara will remain in custody until his next court date on April 20.

AAP (22-3-2012)
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/true-crime-scene/sex-offender-terrence-ohara-charged-after-3-day-manhunt/story-fnat7jnn-1226307527950



Arrest after woman recognises man in Queensland cafe

A FEARED Melbourne sex beast was arrested after a woman who served him lunch recognised his face from media reports.
The fugitive, regarded as one of Victoria's worst criminals, drove into the far north Queensland town of Ingham yesterday after a 2500km, three-day marathon behind the wheel.
He had been travelling with a woman aged in her mid-30s.
It is unclear where he met her or whether she was aware of his ominous history of sadistic attacks on women in Victoria and South Australia.
He checked into the Royal Hotel about 11am, paying $50 cash for a room.
Staff at the hotel noted the man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was scruffy but polite.
At lunchtime, the 58-year-old headed down the street to the Majestic Cafe where he ordered a sandwich.
A staff member there recognised him from television news reports broadcast in the morning and called police.
Officers converged on the hotel, arresting the man without incident about 1.30pm.
Victoria Police investigators had grave concerns after the man slipped electronic tagging designed to ensure he stayed home between 11pm and 7am.
Neighbours reported he had left with a woman when he disappeared Friday morning.
Police would have been mindful of his horrific background of sex crimes and violence, including once inflicting 100 knife wounds on a woman in Melbourne.
Police and corrections officials yesterday denied they had bungled the case and defended waiting 36 hours to go public after a monitoring device attached to the man's ankle alerted authorities he had not gone home.
When it was found he had disappeared on Friday night, Corrections Victoria officials contacted police who spent Saturday trying to find the runaway rogue.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson said the man was released from prison in March last year, and the absconding was not a failure of the system.
"The system has worked in this case. It's very rare we're standing up here making an appeal," he said.
Corrections Victoria Commissioner Bob Hastings said there had been five people disappear while on such post-release restrictions since they were introduced in 2005.
"I think that's a fairly good track record," he said.

Herald Sun (20-3-2012)
Mark Buttler
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/true-crime-scene/sex-fugitive-nabbed-in-queensland/story-fnat7jnn-1226304569314



Warning fugutive Terrence O'Hara may be headed to SA

Terrence O'Hara, wanted sex offender
Terrence O'Hara, wanted sex offender

A VICTORIAN fugitive considered by police as one of the state's worst criminals has been arrested in Queensland after fears he could come to SA.
A man fitting the description of Terrence O'Hara, 58, from Melton, Victoria, was arrested by police near Ingham, in Far North Queensland late this afternoon.
Police are yet to formally identify him.
Police earlier today appealed for help to find O'Hara, who has a history of sex crimes.
O'Hara had been under a court-imposed curfew and was last recorded by an electronic device at his home on Friday, March 16.
However, his device did not register on Friday night and he was not there when police attended the next day.
O'Hara was sentenced to almost 12 years in prison for a vicious attack on a St Kilda prostitute in August 1998.
During his trial, a court heard the woman suffered more than 100 knife wounds.
At the time of sentencing in 1999, County Court Judge Glenn Waldron said O'Hara's offence showed a "worrying similarity" to crimes of rape and abduction he had committed in South Australia 22 years earlier.
In 2008, he was charged with the knifepoint rape of a woman in Moe, Victoria, but the prosecution did not proceed.
Authorities are desperate to find O'Hara, who is under a court-ordered curfew prohibiting him from being away from home after 11pm.
When it was found he had disappeared, Corrections Victoria officials contacted police who spent Saturday trying to find the runaway rogue.
It was about 36 hours from the time O'Hara was noticed missing to police going public with the news yesterday.
Former Victoria Police detective Lachlan McCulloch, who arrested O'Hara over the frightening 1998 abduction of a Melbourne woman ,said the public should be "highly concerned" by his disappearance.
"He's the most horrifying crook I've met. You can't describe how bad he is," Mr McCulloch said.
Mr McCulloch, who spent three years at the Victoria Police rape squad, said the attack he investigated was nothing to do with sex.
O'Hara drove the victim to a factory, assaulted her with a knife then told her he was going to kill her before she escaped.

AdelaideNow (19-3-2012)
Chief Police Reporter Steve Rice/ Mark Butler
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/warning-fugutive-terrence-ohara-may-be-headed-to-sa/story-e6frea83-1226303681109



Victoria Police search for sex offender

Police and Corrections Victoria have defended the way they have handled the case of a missing serious sex offender, saying there has been no bungle.
Terrence O'Hara, 58, failed to return to his Melton home on Friday night, but his disappearance was not made public until yesterday.
He is under a court-ordered curfew prohibiting him from being away from his home before 7:00am and after 11:00pm.
He is also under orders to wear an electronic device, which has failed to register since Friday night.
O'Hara has been deemed as a serious sex offender, but is not a registered sex offender in Victoria because his crimes occurred prior to the act being enforced in the State.
Police did not notify the public until Sunday, and have defended the time it has taken them to alert the public.
Corrections Victoria says there is no bungle in the system, saying the electronic device O'Hara was wearing, worked.
Acting Assistant Commissioner, Neil Paterson, says police exhausted other investigative efforts before releasing the offender's details.
"When any person like this goes missing we have a number of very good and traditional investigative techniques that are useful in finding people," he said.
"When they haven't come to fruition, we've gone public with his details."
He says O'Hara may be heading to South Australia.
"We understand that he may have family in South Australia, and other connections there, so we are exploring options that he may have gone there," he said.
Mr Paterson says police are examining a number of leads.
"We've had a number of people come forward with information to crime stoppers, and we encourage anyone with information to call crime stoppers so we can follow it up," he said.
Police have made contact with O'Hara's family but say they have not seen him in recent times.
A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Corrections Victoria says it has no way of knowing whether O'Hara is still wearing the electronic anklet.
The Commissioner of Corrections Victoria, Bob Hastings, says the monitor does not have locater capabilities, but the department is looking to introduce tracking devices.
"Currently we have a request for tender out at the moment to look at radio-frequency monitoring and any other options that can be provided to us," he said.
He says the curfew device is not a tracking device.
He also rejected any suggestion the system has bungled.
"I think the electronic device worked and as soon as that became notifiable, we then passed it on and we've worked with Victoria police since," he said.
The Commissioner says currently there are 79 offenders on supervision orders, and 41 are being managed in the community.
"They are not on parole, they have served their time," he said.
"So they are not called prisoners, they are not in prison, they are on supervision orders post-detention.
"They've done their time for the crime, but they've been put on a court order to comply with certain conditions, of which we manage over a period of time."
He says there have been only five breaches since 2005.
"I think that's a fairly good track record," Mr Hastings said.

ABC News (19-3-2012)
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-19/victoria-police-search-for-sex-offender/3897598?section=vic

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