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Name: SIMON BENNETT

Age: 38 yrs old (2011)

State: SA - Modbury North

Sentence: Sentenced in the District Court to 9 yrs jail/ 4.5 yrs non parole. Sentence was appealed/ Re-sentenced in June 2010 to 12yrs jail/ 7yrs non parole.

Other: Basketball coach. Convicted- unlawful sexual intercourse/ indecent assault. Offences occurred (1998 and 2006). Victims were 3 boys aged 12-16 yrs.


More jail time for paedophile coach

A paedophile basketball coach dubbed 'the hand of Satan' by his victims will spend an extra 2 1/2 years in jail.
The Court of Criminal Appeal today replaced Simon Bennett's nine-year jail term with a 12-year sentence.
Chief Justice John Doyle, Justice Richard White and Justice Chris Kourakis also extended Bennett's non-parole period from 4 1/2 years to seven years.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions had appealed against the original sentence, saying it was inadequate.
Bennett, 37, of Modbury North, was last year found guilty of 11 sex offences against boys aged 12 to 16.
Between 1998 and 2006, he encouraged players to stay overnight at his home for "bonding sessions", during which he showed them pornography and engaged in oral and digital sex.
Bennett told the boys "what goes on at sleepovers stays on sleepovers".
The victims, now adults, told the court Bennett was "pure evil" and his actions revealed "the hand of Satan" in their lives.
In sentencing, District Court Judge David Lovell had called Bennett "despicable".
"You preyed on innocence, youth and trust," he said in March.
"You robbed them of their hopes and dreams of competing at an elite level of basketball, and used the positive aspects of your life to deceive and manipulate them.
"Your behaviour was, quite simply, despicable."


www.adelaidenow.com.au (3-6-2010)
Sean Fewster
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/more-jail-time-for-paedophile-coach/story-e6frea83-1225875151987

Paedophile basketball coach Simon Bennett showed hand of Satan, say victims

The South Australian victims of a paedophile basketball coach say his devious betrayal exposed them to "the hand of Satan".
AdelaideNow reports the men, whose lives and promising basketball careers were ruined by Simon Bennett, today asked the District Court to immediately jail the man they say personifies "pure evil".
But Bennett - who maintained his innocence at trial - made a personal apology in court, saying he now accepts responsibility for his crimes and is remorseful.
He begged his victims to forgive him and the court to show him mercy so he could have "a second chance at life".
Bennett's pleading failed to impress Judge David Lovell, who cancelled the fallen coach's bail and remanded him in custody for sentencing.
Bennett, 37, of Modbury North, was last year found guilty of 11 charges of unlawful sexual intercourse and indecent assault against boys aged 12 to 16 between 1998 and 2006.
Having used the esteem in which the basketball community held him to befriend the boys' parents, he encouraged his players to stay at his home for "bonding sessions".
The boys were told "what goes on on sleepovers stays on sleepovers".
In their victim impact statements, the boys - now grown men - said they would never truly recover from Bennett's abuse.
"The view I have of the world is cold and dark, because I have viewed pure evil," one said.
"In my eyes, your actions were at the hand of Satan... a truly remorseful man would not still be claiming innocence."
Another victim said Bennett had robbed him of his love of basketball "to satisfy your sexual fantasies".
Judge Lovell will sentence Bennett in two weeks.
Read more about the paedophile basketball coach at AdelaideNow


AdelaideNow (16-3-2010)
Sean Fewster







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