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Former TV entertainer sentenced for sex offences
Former children's TV entertainer Ric Marshall will face 25 years in detention for sex offences.
A Supreme Court judge has described Marshall as an "evil man through and through" for his repeated sexual abuse of young boys.
Marshall, 83, has mental and physical problems which keep him housebound.
He was not in the Adelaide courtroom for the sentencing.
Marshall was found mentally unfit to stand trial but the objective elements of his numerous sexual offences against four young boys were proved.
Justice Kevin Nicholson said the relentless depravity of Marshall's offending knew no bounds.
Ric Marshall was best known in South Australia as a children's compere on television during the 1970s.
He was a host of the Super Duper Flying Fun Show on commercial TV.
Justice Nicholson said Marshall's noteworthy roles in the children's television industry and his work running a theatre group during that era gave him access to his victims.
"Through this means Mr Marshall had access to a steady stream of young vulnerable victims. He quickly won over their confidence and that of their parents," he said.
"It was a practice of his to encourage them to stay overnight and on weekends, often under the pretence of making it easier for their parents to pick them up.
"He attracted other profoundly perverted men to what must have been regarded by them as a honeypot."
Evil mastermind - Justice Nicholson said other men in the circle included convicted paedophile Phillip Cave who was now serving a lengthy jail sentence, Marshall's adopted son Peter Marshall and another man who died before charges could be brought against him.
"Mr Marshall's circle of adult men spent their many leisurely hours obsessed with having sex with young boys," he said.
"They repeatedly engaged in sexual acts of almost every description.
He said Marshall had been the mastermind of the group.
"Often in a criminal court a judge comes across people who have done very bad things. There are all sorts of reasons why people might behave badly and those reasons must be taken into account. However it is not as often as the public might think that a judge comes across a truly bad person who is evil through and through, who seems to have no redeeming qualities," he said.
"Mr Marshall is in my view an evil man through and through. The relentless depravity and sheer disgusting ugliness of his behaviour and the extent to which he was prepared to take advantage of vulnerable young boys for his own gratification and to destroy them emotionally and psychologically knew no bounds. I have rarely come across his like before."
Justice Nicholson said only a lengthy sentence could be appropriate.
"There is no doubt he will not survive to see the end of any limiting term," he said.
He imposed a limiting term of 25 years under strict home detention to reflect the jail sentence he otherwise would have imposed.
Victim's grief - Outside court one of Marshall's victims David Jobling, who agreed to be identified, said the legal process had been a long and difficult road for him.
He said a statute of limitations on reporting sexual abuse cases that applied in South Australia until 2003 meant he could not seek justice for decades.
"It's such a shame the South Australian Parliament over such a long period of time stopped people from taking any action, people like me and the other victims of these men and countless other victims who haven't come forward for their own personal reasons," he said.
"It's a shame on the South Australian Parliament basically. If they hadn't done that, if they hadn't stopped people from being able to take action then people would've taken action 20 years ago.
"Compensation for victims might not have been capped at $2,000, which is an insult to any victim who has ever been abused or raped by these men and any other victim who has been abused or raped and has taken this long to come forward because it's not easy to live with this sort of thing at all," he said.
"Clearly to me it's not resolved in South Australia. There must be a lot of people who have suffered this sort of abuse in that period of time and they have not been able to come forward and do anything about it.
"I made several phone calls through my life to police stations saying I wanted to take action and I got told 'No it's too late, sorry you can't do that' so it's a very difficult position to be placed in when you know that somebody is probably still doing what they did to you to other young people. I mean I'm considering talking to lawyers about taking action against the South Australian Parliament because to strip people of their human rights by saying that they can't take action because they've been abused is pretty appalling."
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