'MAKO/Files' Online and
MAKO/Files Online WTC are Australia's 1st " FREE PUBLIC" Paedophile/Sex offender registries, and collectively list/ name
over 2000 offenders nationwide, with more offenders being added on a regular basis.. 98+% of offenders listed in the
MAKO/Files Online and MAKO/Files
Online- (WTC) have been convicted by a court of law.
(The MAKO/Files Online also lists Child Killers and individuals convicted
of other forms of child abuse/NOT only child sexual abuse)
A typical Online
MAKO/File (offenders file) may include the
where possible,occupation,offence-s committed,sentence received by the court, and last known
(last known location is taken from time of offenders
offence/sentence,unless otherwise stated).
AWARENESS = PREVENTION..
Not only can the MAKO/Files online be used by the Australian PUBLIC to better
protect themselves and their CHILDREN/ families from proven sex offenders,
they have many other benefits, including..
some offenders = yet another form of prevention..
+ being a useful resource
for Australian and overseas Companies-businesses-organisations
to assist with screening potential employees/volunteers etc..
+ a useful resource for media
+ a useful method of
constantly lobbying Australian Government/s and politicians to do more to
protect the PUBLIC from sexual predators.
"Tougher sentencing for offenders,greater government
funding for prevention/better victim assistance and public sex offender
registries would be a good foundation to work from."
Bid To Screen Child-Killer Doco
The ABC will appeal to the High Court of Australia for
permission to broadcast a documentary on a convicted child killer.
The national broadcaster was today granted leave to
appeal to the High Court, four months after Tasmania's
Court of Appeal upheld an interlocutory injunction to
protect the reputation of the state's longest-serving
prisoner, James O'Neill.
O'Neill is suing the ABC, filmmaker Gordon Davie and
Roar Film for defamation over a documentary called The
Fisherman: A Journey Into the Mind of a Killer.
The ABC lodged its first appeal in April after Supreme
Court judge Ewan Crawford granted a temporary injunction
to prevent the documentary's broadcast in Tasmania.
That appeal was dismissed in August.
Supreme Court of Tasmania justice Alan Blow said in his
ruling on the appeal that O'Neill's defamation proceedings
may only delay, not prevent, broadcast of the documentary.
But if the action was brought to trial "it might be held
that the documentary is defamatory of the respondent and
a permanent injunction might be granted".
O'Neill, who has applied for parole since the making of
the documentary, was sentenced to life in prison for the
murder of nine-year-old Ricky John Smith in 1975.
The ABC's appeal will be heard next year.
Story of Abuse, innocence Lost and a Town in Denial
Robert O'Neill, who abused dozens of children over 20 years while coaching local
sporting clubs in Castlemalne.
A country town deals with the horror of a sports coach abusing children.
Their faces stare out from team pictures on the walls of the Campbells Creek Football
Club with the boldness and innocence of youth. But beneath these silent, proud grins,
many of the boys were desperate for help, screaming to be rescued from a predator of
small children who abused dozens of them for more than 20 years.
The man stands beside them in the pictures - he was their trusted coach.
On Friday, Robert James O'Neill, 60, will be sentenced In the Country Court after-
pleading guilty to 34 charges, including rape, attempted buggery, indecent assault and
gross indecency against 23 boys over two decades. The last reported case was in 1992.
Police believe the number of boys assaulted was likely well over double this figure and
suspect the abuse probably did not end until "Bobby" O'Neill was finally charged in
2002, 30 years after he started to abuse children.
The pictures still proudly hang in the Campbells Creek clubrooms, in the country town of
Castlemalne. Just over 100 kilometres
north-west of Melbourne.
For many years, the boys in these photographs were not only the victims, but like many
in the close-knit country town, they were silent witnesses to the horror of one man's
While only the boys themselves knew first-hand, of the abuse, for many years people in
the town suspected things were not right and did nothing.
Some in the town are still finding it difficult to grasp what has happened and take the
necessary healing steps.
Many victims would like to ask people in the town one question: "How could you do
"Peter" (not his real name) was a talented schoolboy sportsman, excelling in football
and basketball, who was also coached - and abused - by O'Neill.
Peter says O'Neill, who targeted boys aged between eight and 16, had a common
technique to snare his victims.
For many years I thought it was affection. Now I know he was just getting his
rocks off - Peter, victim.
"He would make friends with the parents first, have a beer with them, win their trust," he
Detective Sergeant Ross Gray, from the Criminal Investigation Unit in Castlemaine, said
O'Neill liked to pick on children whose parents were separated.
"He would step in and be the father-figure," he said.
O'Neill would take the boys away on team sporting weekends and on fishing trips to
Torrumbary on the Murray River.
Peter says O'Neill would buy him Christmas and birthday presents and be like a best
friend. And as a friend, Peter said you would not want to hurt his feelings or break his
trust by speaking out against him - especially since he was well respected at the club
and a friend of your parents.
Detective Sergeant Gray said O'Neill, who never married or had a girlfriend, would invite
the young boys back to his Johnstone Street house in Castlemaine to do weights
training and hang out.
Another local said the parties O'Neill would throw at his house for the boys were
legendary around town.
"Bob Dylan, pizza and porn were pretty irresistible for young boys on a Friday and
Peter says that once O'Neill had a boy at his house he would then "measure you up" to
see if your body was ready for weights training. The "measuring" often involved abuse
of the boys.
Another common tactic, police said, was for O'Neill to wrestle with the boys and the
wrestle would turn into O'Neill groping them.
"For many years I thought it was affection. I thought that was how you were supposed to
be affectionate," Peter said. "Now I know he was just getting his rocks off."
Peter, now in his mid-30s with children of his own, says he will never get over what
O'Neill did to him.
"I struggle to be affectionate with my own two children, I don't know how to bond with
them, I feel uncomfortable when they sit on my knee," he says painfully.
For Peter, the nightmare has never gone away. Sometimes he almost breaks down
when he walks into a chemist and smells the same aftershave O'Neill wore.
As he got older he would drive an extra couple of kilometres to go home so he did not
have to drive past O'Neill's house.
"It is Jike I have already served a life sentence and have three to go," he says.
Despite O'Neill's late guilty plea, Peter finds it difficult to believe his tormentor is
remorseful, as O'Neill's lawyer has told the court.
"If he was remorseful why did he wait until the end to plead guilty? Why didn't he stop
20 years ago?"
"Harry", another of O'Neill's victims and the person who finally convinced police of
O'Neill's activities, says he is still too traumatised to talk in detail about the abuse.
But he did say he hoped other people "took a look in their own backyards" to make sure
other children were not being abused.
A number of people in the town who spoke to The Sunday Age described Bobby O'Neill
as a good bloke who helped out at the local club.
Yet Peter does not remember O'Neill as a "good bloke".
"One day we were playing basketball against the bottom side and he made us wear
horse blinkers on our heads so we couldn't see the ball when we bounced it... he was
a cruel man," he said.
A spokesman for the Campbells Creek Football Club said he would "not condemn
Bobby, he was a great bloke".
"He would do anything for the community, turn up to any dog or cat fight that was on,"
The man, who chose not to be named, said O'Neill was a friend, a person who helped the
club enormously. Ray Taylor, president of the Castlemaine Football Club, said O'Neill
was a trainer for the under-16 football team up until 2000 and had been "a good bloke
well liked around the club".
Both men said there had always been suspicion about O'Neill, but nothing was ever
"You have to remember a person is innocent until proven guilty," Mr Taylor said.
Three people made complaints to police about O'Neill as far back as 1992 but police at
the time said there not enough information to press charges.
Detective Sergeant Gray, who arrived in Castlemaine five years ago, said two of the
men were later confirmed as victims of O'Neill.
Sue Fowlers, secretary of the Castlemaine basketball club where O'Neill once coached,
said she could not understand how O'Neill was not caught earlier. "I have heard things
since, that people knew something was going on but did nothing," she said.
She said the club, where O'Neill is still a life member, would now have to deal with its
The victims who have come forward to speak have all said they did so to help other
small children in other towns where people were unable or unwilling to hear their silent
The Age (14-11-2004)