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Bevan Spencer Von Einem
65 yrs old (2011) (DOB-29-5-1946)
Sentenced in the Adelaide Supreme Court in 1984 to
36 yrs jail/ 24 yrs non parole/ Eligible for parole in 2007.
Sentenced in June 2009 to another 3 months jail for possessing child pornography in his cell.
Von Einem abducted and murdered 15 year old Richard Kelvin in 1983.
Also believed to be involved in the so-called
Read more about Von Einem below..
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Bevan Spencer Von Einem sentenced for child pornography
Notorious sex murderer Bevan Spencer von Einem has been ordered to serve an extra three months
in jail for possessing child pornography in his cell.
Von Einem, 63, was today sentenced in the Adelaide Magistrates Court to three months in prison
for one count of possessing child pornography relating to three hand-written stories which
detailed acts between children and children and an adult.
The stories were found in von Einem's Yatala jail cell after a police raid in November 2005
Magistrate Maria Panagiotidis said the matter would be sent to the Supreme Court to review his
non-parole period because she was "not required to say it commenced at a particular time".
In November 1984, von Einem was ordered to serve 24 years in prison for the 1983
sexually-motivated murder of teenager Richard Kelvin.
That non-parole period ended in November 2007, but von Einem is yet to apply for parole.
Sam Abbot, for von Einem, had previously argued a fine would be a bigger penalty for the
murderer because Premier Mike Rann had made a personal promise to keep von Einem in jail
for the rest of his life.
Those remarks were today upheld by Attorney-General Michael Atkinson who issued a statement
saying he would seek further advice from the Crown Solicitor in light of von Einem's conviction.
"Bevan Spencer von Einem is a notorious and dangerous offender and the Government is determined
to ensure he will never again pose any danger to the public," Mr Atkinson said.
Wearing a navy jumper, Von Einem closely watched Magistrate Panagiotidis deliver her sentencing remarks.
"There is no actual victim who was exploited or used in this instance," Ms Panagiotidis said.
"You did not have a prurient interest in (the stories)... I categorise your offending as
being at the low end of the scale of seriousness."
The court heard the material was allegedly written by another prisoner, convicted
paedophile Anthony James Wheatman, and was found in a sealed envelope marked "legal
professional privilege" with von Einem's fingerprint on the envelope.
His lawyers had argued von Einem had been given the stories by an unnamed prisoner
for security against Wheatman, who wanted to harm von Einem.
Magistrate Panagiotidis reduced von Einem's sentence from four months to three due
to his guilty plea.
She said a further prison term was warranted to deter others from similar offences
because "child pornography generally involves the exploitation of children".
Von Einem will appear in the Supreme Court in July.
Bevan Spencer von Einem 'Should be Fined for Child Porn'
Notorious sex murderer Bevan Spencer von Einem should be fined for possessing child pornography because that
would be a greater penalty than jail, his lawyer says.
Sam Abbott, for von Einem, today told the Adelaide Magistrates Court that Premier Mike Rann had made a personal
promise to keep von Einem in jail for the rest of his life and "it will not have a punishing effect on him because
he is there anyway".
"The premier has said that he will try to take steps to keep this man in jail for the rest of his life," Mr Abbott said.
Von Einem, who turns 63 today, was last year charged with one count of possessing child pornography relating to three
hand-written stories which detailed acts between children and children and an adult.
They court heard they were kept by von Einem as insurance against another prisoner, Anthony James Wheatman, a convicted
pedophile who had written the stories and wanted to harm von Einem.
Police discovered the stories in von Einem's Yatala prison cell in November 2005.
Mr Abbot said von Einem was paid $18 a week while working in the prison's education department, an amount which was
reduced to $12 when he was moved to Port Augusta prison after the child pornography charge was laid 18 months ago.
"He has $200 in a trust account which is what is left over from a legacy of his mother's estate," Mr Abbott said.
He said von Einem spent about $5-6 a week on comfort items such as shampoo, soap and pens.
Mr Abbot said von Einem's offending was in "the very, very lowest portion of the range for the seriousness of this
offending" and penalty would almost certainly be less than four months - a time that would have already expired because
the non-parole period imposed for his conviction for the 1983 murder of Richard Kelvin ended in November 2007.
Prosecutor John Wells said a fine would be inappropriate because it did not show general deterrence to the public.
"When child pornography is produced it feeds into the appetite of those who have a sexual interest in children ... it
is inherently dangerous and inherently harmful," Mr Wells said.
He said von Einem's murder conviction implied he kept the stories for a prurient purpose, a claim Mr Abbott rejected.
Magistrate Maria Panagiotidis will sentence von Einem next month.
Adelaide Advertiser (29-5-2009)
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Dropped Allegations Convicted Murderer and Pedophile Bevan Spencer von Einem Wrote Stories
PROSECUTORS have dropped allegations convicted murderer and pedophile Bevan Spencer von Einem wrote
stories of child pornography in his jail cell.
But the 61-year-old - is serving a life prison term for the 1982 murder of teenager Richard Kelvin - remains
charged with possessing the hand-written, fictional accounts of sexual deviancy.
In June last year, von Einem made his first public appearance in more than 15 years after being arrested in his Port Augusta Prison cell.
At the time, police alleged three hand-written stories were found in his Yatala Labour Prison cell, detailing
sex acts between an adult male and a young child.
The child in the story is believed to be fictitious.
The documents were allegedly found in a search related to an investigation of other claims concerning von Einem.
In the Adelaide Magistrates Court today, Ben Sale, for von Einem, said prosecutors had dropped the allegation
of production following months of negotiations.
His client did not appear in court.
"There have been very fruitful discussions,'' Mr Sale said.
"We are inching closer to a resolution.''
He asked the case be put off for six weeks so negotiations could continue.
Magistrate Alfio Grasso agreed, remanding von Einem in custody to a hearing next month
Von Einem 'Link' On Film
Police are investigating claims that convicted murderer Bevan Spencer von Einem,
may be linked to the disappearance of the Beaumont children by film footage from 1966.
The archived film shows a man of similar appearance to von Einem watching while a drain is investigated by searchers.
The three Beaumont children went missing from a Glenelg beach on Australia Day, 1966. The footage has been handed to police.
Adelaide Advertiser (9-8-2007)
Killers Locked Up For Life
Six convicted killers eligible for release from prison within 12 months will be locked up for
life under a State Government plan.
Sources say those targeted are Bevan Spencer von Einem, Judith Lynette Dowell, Stephen Byron, Robert Schasko,
Lindsay Allan Fry, and Stephen Wayne McBride.
All are notorious killers.
The Criminal Law (Sentencing) (Dangerous Offenders) Amendment Bill 2007, to be passed in Parliament today, allows for
the Government to apply to have the state's most dangerous offenders locked up forever.
Correctional Services Minister Carmel Zollo has been preparing a list of criminals she believes should never be released
Prisoners who do not participate in rehabilitation programs, or whose crimes are determined to be unforgivable, will be
referred to the Court of Criminal Appeal by Attorney-General Michael Atkinson under the new law, before their non-parole period ends.
Premier Mike Rann has vowed that Von Einem, who is eligible for parole on November 1 this year, will be the first offender
to be targeted by the new laws. It is understood Solicitor-General Chris Kourakis is already preparing a legal brief.
That case will test the new legislation, which the Government hopes will not be challenged on constitutional grounds.
Other states faced challenges after introducing similar laws.
Mr Atkinson said he believed the new legislation would ensure the community would be protected.
The laws will also set a minimum non-parole period for murderers and offenders convicted of causing the death of, or permanently
incapacitating, another person.
"For murder that means twenty years," he said.
" . . . Where the victim has died or been left permanently incapacitated, we will require that the offender serve at least four-fifths of
their head sentence."
Opposition Legal Affairs spokeswoman Isobel Redmond said: "I am uncomfortable with a situation where you have specified individuals who
simply aren't treated the same in our legal system because fundamentally our law should apply to everyone equally."
Adelaide Advertiser (26-7-2007)
Jail Treats Lead To Crackdown
Sweeping changes will be made to practices and policies within
the Correctional Services Department as a result of an internal
investigation into the preferential treatment of convicted murderer
Bevan Spencer von Einem.
The key changes will introduce a tenure of service for prison officers
and prevent prisoners accessing money deposited anonymously into their
Correctional Services Minister Carmel Zollo said this week while the
investigation was still not finished, these measures "can be implemented
regardless of the final outcome" of the inquiry.
The internal investigation was sparked by the Sunday Mail in October when
it told the department that prison officers were buying hand-painted
greeting cards from von Einem for $20 each and paying the money anonymously
into his account in cash or postal money orders.
It also was revealed von Einem was being afforded preferential treatment,
which included being cooked bacon and eggs for breakfast, being brought
home-cooked meals by a prison officer and given access to restricted areas
and mobile telephones.
The State Government was outraged when the Sunday Mail also revealed von
Einem was prescribed the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis by a prison doctor.
In a statement to Parliament, Ms Zollo said the internal investigation had
discovered that some prisoners had been receiving "monies into their trust
account by mail, thus making it impossible to establish who the sender of
those monies is".
"This is a matter of general application and concern, not just in the case
of prisoner von Einem," she said. "The department is currently preparing the
relevant procedural changes to prevent prisoners from keeping and accessing
monies which are anonymously deposited into their trust accounts."
The department also was seeking advice on legislative amendments that would
make it an offence for prisoners to enter into a transaction with staff.
Ms Zollo said negotiations with the Public Service Association regarding the
rotation of staff within prisons would begin soon.
It would be introduced to "prevent over-familiarity between staff and prisoners".
"This will relate to staff being deployed over periods of time in various
areas in a prison rather than continuously working just one single area," she said.
Ms Zollo said besides the strengthening of protocols on the exchange of
information between Correctional Services and the Health Department concerning
prisoners, a review had been launched to identify services and medications
prisoners should not be able to access.
"Advice has already been received from the Crown Solicitor's Office identifying
possible changes to regulations to prevent prisoner access to certain medications," she said.
Prison For Officer With Link To Von Einem
A prison officer who was disciplined for secretly
providing convicted killer Bevan Spencer von Einem with
female clothing is now a prisoner after being convicted
of social security fraud.
Amanda Jayne Patterson, 37, is in protective custody
at the Northfield prison complex after pleading guilty
to defrauding Centerlik of almost $35,000.
But she will serve just eight weeks of a 12-month sentence
in custody after fears were expressed for her
safety because of her occupation.
Last year Patterson was issued with a formal
reprimand after an internal investigation established
she had smuggled unauthorised clothing to von Einem,
who is serving a 24-year on-parole period for the
1983 murder of Richard Kelvin.
The issue sparked a furore in State Parliament and prompted allegations
von Einem was being afforded special treatment, prompting
Correctional Services Minister Terry Roberts to confirm a prison
officer had been punished.
Christies Beach Magistrates Court heard Patterson was charged
with obtaining a financial advantage from Centrlink
she was not entitled to between October,2000,
and January, 2004, totalling $34,728.44.
She had continued to accept unemployment benefits
after she started working as a
prison officer at Yatala Labour Prison.
In sentencing Patterson, Magistrate Derek Sprod said he
took into account the risk to her
safety if he imposed the full jail term.
"The defendant, by reason of her employment, although
presently suspended, is in a rather unique position and I
accept she is at considerable risk within the prison environment
and that is a peculiar feature of this matter
and there is room for the exercise of mercy and leniency," he siad.
Magistrate Sprod said had it not been for Patterson's guilty plea,
her good record and concerns for her safety he would have imposed a
prison sentence of 15 months.
He reduced that to 12 months and
said he had given "careful and anxious consideration"
as to whether Patterson should be ordered to
serve "all or any of that sentence".
"Notwithstanding the matters personal to the
defendant... and the substantial risk that
she may face if incarcerated, she cannot hope
to escape, given the seriouness of her offending,
service of a portion of that sentence," he said.
Magistrate Sprod ordered Patterson to serve
eight weeks and be released on a
$500 good behaviour bond for two years.
He also ordered Patterson to repay
the money she had falsely claimed,
noting that about $4000 had already
been repaid at the
rate of $150 per week.
Adelaide Advertiser (9-8-2005)
Von Einem A Jail Cross-Dresser
Startling revelations that a
dress and make-up were smuggled
into Yatala Labour Prison for notorious murderer Bevan Spencer von
Einem to "parade himself in" were
made in State Parliament yesterday.
The Opposition, which released a
letter from a fellow inmate, said von
Einem enjoyed "celebrity status", unlimited and unsupervised access to
the prison classroom and was listed
for eye surgery at a cost to taxpayers
The State Government yesterday
rejected Opposition claims that von
Eioem was receiving "special treatment" in prison but confirmed "one
unauthorised item of clothing - an
apron" had been taken into the prison
and given to von Einem by a female
Correctional Services officer last year.
"An investigation was conducted
which resulted in disciplinary proceedings against the officer involved,"
Correctional Services Minister Terry
Roberts said following Question Time
A spokesman for Mr Roberts confirmed that von Einem required eye
surgery for cataracts, which was considered to be "required surgery, not
"He is on a waiting list, just
like any other South Australian
and will not be getting any
preferential treatment," the
Von Einem, 59, is serving a life
sentence, with a 24-year non-
parole period, for the murder of
teenager Richard Kelvin in November, 1983.
The letter from an anonymous inmate says von Einem
was "openly involved in a sexual
relationship with a young prisoner" who later was moved to
another division in the prison.
"Prisoner von Einem regularly preys upon other prisoners
(and the younger, the better),"
the letter says.
The inmate also claims von
Einem showers selected prisoners with gifts "in an attempt
to coerce them into sexual compliance". Money is sent from
von Einem's friends "to prisoners he is pampering".
The letter says von Einem has
a "status both amongst all staff
and prisoners which can only be
compared to that of a celebrity", Mr Roberts said von
Einem was not afforded any
"I'm also advised that there
is no evidence to support claims
of sexual abuse," he said.
"Prison authorities also say
they have no record of, and
there is no evidence of, any
movement of prisoners as a
result of such claims.
"Allegations of sexual abuse
in prison are taken seriously,
and are fully investigated."
Mr Roberts earlier told Parliament von Einem, "like
others, would have rights of
access to educational material
and to programs".
He said the Correctional Services Department previously
had informed him von Einem
was given a dress.
"At that time. I did not see
the issue as being out of control," he said. "The situation
was being handled by the prison
authorities and that is where it
was left. I have said that I will
seek further information. It may
have been a fancy dress party;
I do not know."
Opposition justice spokesman Robert Lawson said Mr
Roberts' response was inadequate and that the allegations
should be investigated immediately by the Government.
Adelaide Advertiser (9-12-2004)
Paedophile Ring Claims
Witness statements allegedly linking "high-
profile" South Australians to child abuse are being
banded over to Federal MPs.
Child Protection Watchdog Director Wendy Utting, hoped to organise immunity from prosecution
for key witnesses willing to testify against alleged
members of "The Family", a reputed elite
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