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Farmer, council in legal stoush
A man described as Tasmania's worst serial sex offender is taking the Hobart City Council
to the the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal.
Shane Ronald Farmer, 57, and the council have been directed to resolve the matter through
a conciliation process to start early next year.
The Examiner understands the complaint relates to the council's actions in regard to Mr
Farmer using its aquatic centre. The matter will go to a tribunal hearing if it is not resolved.
Barrister Greg Barns confirmed he was acting on behalf of Mr Farmer but would not comment
on the matter directly.
In 2003, Mr Farmer was found guilty of rape by aiding and abetting
Craig Peter Randall to
rape an 18-year-old woman at Launceston's Playground nightclub in 1995.
A year later he was convicted of 14 counts of sexual misconduct, including six of rape,
between 1990 and 2001.
During that time Mr Farmer sexually assaulted or raped seven young women, often after
administering them drugs, who had been employees or patrons of night clubs he operated
in Hobart and Launceston.
In 2005, his eight-year sentence was appealed against by Director of Public Prosecutions
Tim Ellis who said it was manifestly inadequate, describing Mr Farmer the state's worst
serial sex offender.
Last December, Mr Farmer was released from jail after serving 6 1/2 years
of his upgraded 10-year sentence. He is on parole until September 2014.
In April, Tasmania Police applied to have him placed on the sex offenders register.
The Hobart City Council declined to comment.
Mr Farmer could not be reached.
Bid to add rapist to sex offenders list
Tasmanian police have applied to have a serial rapist added to the state's sex offenders register.
Shane Ronald Farmer, 56, admitted raping six young women at his Hobart and Launceston nightclubs in 2003.
Last December, he was released from jail after serving six and a half years of his 10-year jail sentence.
Farmer was listed to appear in the Magistrates Court in Hobart yesterday for an application
to have his name added to the sex offenders register.
The legislation was enacted in 2005, two years after Farmer was sentenced.
He did not appear in court but his lawyer indicated Farmer will oppose the application.
It was adjourned until later this month.
Concern at release of serial rapist
Shane Ronald Farmer is a methodical and systematic
sexual predator with a high risk of
reoffending, a victims support group has said.
Sexual Assault Support Services chief executive Liz Little is reserving her judgment on the decision to
release the 56-year-old until she has seen the conditions of his parole.
But she would be concerned if he did not face strict reporting conditions, and said ``he is a repeat sex
offender meaning the risk that he might reoffend would be quite critical''.
Mr Farmer was granted parole on December 1 and released from Hayes Prison Farm on Monday.
The Tasmanian Parole Board will post its decision online today.
A spokesman for the Department of Justice said the publication was delayed to allow time for all Mr Farmer's
victims to receive the statement ahead of its general release.
Mr Farmer was sentenced to eight years' jail in 2004 on 14 counts of sexual misconduct, including six of rape.
The Court of Criminal Appeal increased that sentence to 10 years in 2005.
Mr Farmer used Rohypnol to drug and rape women at nightclubs he owned in Launceston and Hobart from 1990 to 2001.
He was also found guilty in 2003 of aiding and abetting Craig Peter Randall to rape an 18-year-old woman at
Launceston's Playground nightclub in 1995.
Mr Randall was sentenced to five years' jail and died, aged 43, in Risdon prison in the final year of his sentence.
A 2009 inquest into his death found he was a diabetic who had refused to discuss the management of his
condition with prison staff.
Mr Farmer, who owned the nightclub, received a 15-month jail sentence for his part in that rape.
Ms Little said she would be surprised and disappointed if his parole did not restrict him from working
in a similar area upon his release.
``I really would like to know that he was under tight control for managing the risk that he
poses - and the parole board has the power to manage that risk,'' she said.
Ms Little said Mr Farmer's ``chilling'' use of date-rape drugs to render women ``comatose''
was ``an assault on their sense of self''.
``He had absolutely no empathy, caring or feeling for the victims of this crime,'' she said.
``This man was driven by power and exploitation - they are characteristics of high-risk offenders.''
Ms Little said date-rape drugs were commonly used at clubs and pubs and advised people to use a
buddy system to keep tabs on their friends when going out.
``Often people who have had their drink spiked don't know what happened . . . their life was
taken away from them for a while,'' she said.
``If something weird happens to you and you lose a night in your life, it's not just getting
hammered, it's something more that's happened to you.''
Ms Little advised anyone who found themselves with an unexplained memory gap to see a doctor,
who may refer them to a sexual assault support service.
Eight Years For Serial Rapist
The Crown will appeal immediately against the eight-year sentence
handed to Tasmania's worst serial rapist yesterday.
Former nightclub boss
Shane Ronald Farmer, 49, had admitted raping
or sexually abusing seven women and girls aged between 16 and 21
at his nightclubs in Launceston and Hobart.
The crimes were committed over a decade and his victims were either
staff or patrons at his nightclubs.
In the Supreme Court in Hobart yesterday, Justice Peter Underwood
sentenced Farmer to eight years' jail with a five-year non-parole
This would allow Farmer to apply to be freed on parole
in October 2009.
Director of Public Prosecutions Tim Ellis was in court
for the sentencing and immediately announced he would appeal.
Speaking on the steps of the Supreme Court, he said he
would launch an appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeal
on the grounds that the sentence was "manifestly inadequate".
Mr Ellis later said he had no plans to seek to have Farmer
declared a dangerous criminal, which would result in him
being jailed indefinitely.
This was a sanction usually reserved for criminals who
continued to offend despite a number of periods of
Farmer is serving a 15-month jail term after being
convicted of aiding and abetting one of his employees,
Craig Randall, to rape another woman in a nightclub.
Randall's father, Peter, told Southern Cross News last night
the sentence was inequitable as his son had received five
years' jail for one count of rape.
"Six rapes should mean 30 years," he said.
Farmer showed little emotion during the 15-minute
appearance and did not look at his partner, who was in court.
His partner, who has a two-year-old daughter with Farmer,
would not comment as she left the court.
Justice Underwood told Farmer he could see nothing
mitigatory in the circumstances surrounding his crimes.
"Your criminal conduct was predatory, persistent and
committed with an arrogant and contemptuous disregard
for the welfare and dignity of your victims," Justice
"At the time you raped the 16-year-old in 1990, you
were about 20 years older than her.
"You are 27 years older than your last victim.
"You were the person with ultimate control over
the management of these nightclubs and thereby in
a responsible position.
"The young and vulnerable patrons were entitled
to expect you to exercise proper control over the premises.
"To use them yourself at a place where you could drug and
sexually attack young females was an abrogation of your responsibility."
Farmer had pleaded guilty to attempting to administer a drug
with intent to facilitate the commission of the crime of rape,
three counts of administering a drug with intent to facilitate
the commission of the crime of rape, one count of indecent assault,
one count of aggravated assault, two counts of abduction and six counts of rape.
Legal sources say Farmer has the most number of victims of any
sexual predator in Tasmanian legal history.
They also believe his legal expenses, which
included representation by prominent Melbourne QC
Phillip Dunn, had exceeded $1 million.
Justice Underwood said Farmer had no criminal history
until his conviction for aiding and abetting rape.
However, he said any claims Farmer had of previous good
character must be considered in light of the fact that from
1990 to 2001 he was engaged in criminal conduct.
He said the victim-impact statements from his victims
had contained common themes of shame and humiliation.
"To varying degrees, your criminal conduct had a
devastating effect on each of them," he said.
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