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Geelong sex fiend recaptured after escape

Sean Andrew Carmody-Coyle and David Gregory Byrnes.
Sean Andrew Carmody-Coyle, 27 and David Gregory Byrnes, 26


David Gregory Byrnes, 26, and Sean Andrew Carmody-Coyle, 27, escaped the Corella Place facility about 11.30pm last night and have been on the run since.
Polie arrested the pair on the Western Highway at Buangor at 12.40pm today.
The men are serious sex offenders who were wearing electronic monitoring bracelets, which are only effective within the facility.
It is understood an alarm sounded when the men made their jump to freedom.
Byrnes was 19 when he pleaded guilty in 2004 to sexually assaulting a five-year-old boy in the toilet of a Geelong shopping centre.
The boy had gone to the men’s toilet at the Belmont Plaza Shopping Centre when Byrnes struck.
As the child left a cubicle, Byrnes forces him back inside and locked the door, before assaulting him.
Byrnes ran after two men entered the toilet and heard the boy crying.
He was sentenced in the County Court to a minimum two years imprisonment.
Byrnes had admitted 16 prior convictions, including for an indecent act against a child and crimes of violence.
The sentence was later increased, on appeal, to six years with a minimum of four.
Corella Place houses high-risk offenders whose sentences have expired but they are deemed to be a danger to the community.
Corella Place is next to the Ararat Prison but separate from the jail itself.
It is located 5km east of the Ararat township.


Geelong Advertiser (20-6-2013)
http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2013/06/20/367558_news.html


Sex predators stage late-night escape

Two of the state’s worst sex fiends - including one who sexually assaulted a five-year-old boy in a toilet block - have been caught after escaping from a corrections facility in Ararat.
Police were hunting for the two men, who escaped from residential facility Corella Place about 11.30pm on Wednesday, until they were found at Buangor.
The pair were arrested on the Western Highway about 23 kilometres from Ararat, at 12.40pm.
The men are serious sex offenders on supervision orders. They were wearing electronic monitoring ankle bracelets which sent an alert to staff when they fled the facility.
The men who escaped are David Gregory Byrnes and Sean Andrew Carmody-Coyle.
Byrnes, 26, sexually assaulted a five-year-old boy at a shopping centre in 2004.
The boy was assaulted at Kmart in Belmont. As the child left a toilet cubicle, Byrnes pushed him back inside and locked the door before sexually assaulting him.
Byrnes, who was 18 at the time of the offence, had a mild intellectual disability and had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder for which he was supposed to be medicated.
He told a court that voices in his head made him attack the boy.
Less information is known about the offending of Carmody-Coyle, 27.
A Corrections Victoria spokesman confirmed the men had "breached their court-ordered curfews and left the facility unaccompanied late last night".
There are 35 residents at Corella Place, including child sex offenders and rapists. They have finished their sentences but are considered unacceptable risks to community.
Corella Place is a residential facility that is next door to the Ararat prison, the Hopkins Correctional Centre. It is about 2 kilometres from the town centre.
Residents are housed in one, two and three-bedroom houses and have a strict curfew, but are taken on escorted trips to nearby towns and to Melbourne.
Acting Commander Neil Paterson of the Intelligence and Covert Support Department said Ararat police had searched for the men early on Thursday morning, before the fugitive taskforce was called.
He said both men had criminal histories of violent sexual offending.
There is no information that suggests the men, who had access to mobile phones and cash, were assisted in their escape.
The men had previously lived in various places throughout regional and metropolitan Victoria.
Corrections Victoria commissioner Jan Shuard said there had been five breaches of orders involving Corella Place since the facility was established seven years ago.
Byrnes had been responsible for one previous breach. He has served 12 months of an eight-year order that started in May 2012.
Carmody-Coyle is four months into a five-year order that stared in February this year.
A police spokeswoman said the pair will be charged with breaching the serious sex offender supervision orders which carries a maximum penalty of five years’ jail.
Byrnes was given a two-month penalty for his previous breach.
The men had been living in separate residences.
Corrections Minister Edward O’Donohue announced in May that the residents would be the first to use GPS bracelets that could trace dangerous parolees or those on sex-offender supervision orders.
The existing bracelets use radio frequency technology that only flags when an offender is in a specific area and does not track them outside that zone.
The GPS bracelets that track the exact locations of people are scheduled to be introduced next month.

The Age 9 (20-6-2013)
Nino Bucci/ Dan Oakes
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/sex-predators-stage-latenight-escape-20130620-2ok7e.html#ixzz2XeGtjBNr

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Unjust Says Mum

A three-year jail sentence for an 18-year-old who sexually assaulted a five-year-old boy was unjust, a distressed mother said yesterday.
The mother said she was happy the case was over, but no sentence would be enough and could not change what had happened.
Judge Leslie Ross described David Gregory Byrnes' assault on the boy in the toilets at Belmont's Kmart Plaza as "a depraved, cruel and ruthless act".
The boy was shopping with his mother last May when Byrnes trapped him in his toilet cubicle, locked the door and sexually penetrated him.
Two men chased Byrnes as he left the toilets. The boy was pulling up his pants and crying.
Judge Ross told Melbourne County Court the boy was extremely distressed after the incident and received bruising to his body.
He said the boy was seeing a counsellor since the incident and experienced nightmares and a loss of trust with his family and the community.
]udge Ross said he found Byrnes to be suitable for an adult jail and not a youth training centre. He did not see him as vulnerale or impressionable.
"This young man has been a client of human services for many years and had access to counselling.. but things haven't worked out for him," Judge Ross said.
He acknowledged Byrnes had to "contend with extraordinarily difficult circumstances growing up" and his parents abandoning him, and said it may have contributed to his delinquent behaviour.
He was sentenced to a total 3 1/2 years' jail with a minimum of two years before being eligible for parole.

AAP (20-11-2004)
Christine Antoniou

Sex Offender Waits On Sentencing

AN 18-year-old man who sexually assaulted a five- year-old boy in the toilets near K-mart in Belmont will be sentenced once a youth training assessment report is completed.
David Gregory Byrnes, of no fixed address, was to be sentenced yesterday in the Melbourne County Court.
But Judge Leslie Ross ordered a pre -sentence youth training report to determine whether Byrnes was suitable for a training option rather than an adult jail.
The boy was shopping with his mother in May this year when Byrnes walked into his toilet cubicle, locked the door and sexually penetrated him.
Two men chased Byrnes as he left the toilets after they saw the boy pulling up his pants and crying.
The court previously heard Byrnes had a mild intellectual disability and had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder for which he was supposed to be medicated.
The court heard it was voices in his head that made him do it.
Byrnes pleaded guilty to deiaining the boy for the purpose of sexual penetration and sexual penetration of a child under 16 in a September hearing.
A pre-sentence psychiatric report has been completed.
A sentencing date has yet to be filed for Byrnes, who has been remanded in custody.

AAP (13-11-2004)
Christine Antoniou

Man Attacks 5-y-o

A young man who trapped and sexually assaulted a five-year-old boy in the toilets at Belmonts K mart Plaza acted because of voices in his head, a court heard yesterday.
David Gregory Byrnes knew the child was in pain and crying "but he said his mind was telling him to do it over and over", Crown prosecutor Andrew Moore said.
The little boy was shopping with his mother on May 21 this year for a present as a reward for good work at school.
He was singing softly to himself in the toilet cubicle but when he opened the cubicle door lo leave, Byrnes pushed him back inside and locked the door.
There was no conversation between them, only the child's cries of pain and fright as Byrnes sexually penetrated him.
Two men walked into the toilets as Byrnes was leaving, and gave chase to him when they saw the five-year-old pulling up his pants and crying, Mr Moore said.
It took some time for the traumatised child to be able to speak, but when he found his mother, he told her something had been placed in his bottom, the court heard.
Police found Byrnes the next day, living in a tent in Cameron Park, off High Street, Belmont and near the plaza where he committed the act.
He told police he was not particularly attracted to boys but had thoughts many times about the act be had committed.
Byrnes, 18, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to detaining him for the purpose of sexual penetration and sexual penetration of a child under 16.
Benjamin Lindner, for Byrnes, said his client had been disowned by his alcoholic parents years before and was on a disability pension.
Byrnes had a mild intellectual disability, behavioural problems and had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, for which he was supposed to be medicated.
Byrnes, who has already served 100 days in detention, has been remanded in custody for a pre-sentence psychiatric report.

Geelong Advertiser (7-9-2004)
Natalie Staaks

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