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WILLIAM CRAIG FORDE
54 yrs old (2011)
Sentenced in the County Court in Nov 1991 to 10 yrs jail/ 7 yrs non parole.
Convicted again in May 2006. Awaiting sentencing early December 2006......
Sentenced in Dec 2006 to an indefinite jail term...
In May 2006- Pleaded guilty to 22 charges of rape/ armed robbery/ unlawful imprisonment/ abduction
in the Ballarat Magistrates Court. Victim was a 24 yr old woman. Forde has prior history
for sex offences including against a 13 yr old girl.
Pic: William Forde
Serial Rapist William Craig Forde Drops Appeal
Notorious serial rapist William Craig Forde dropped his bid for a lighter sentence yesterday after
a telephone call to jail by his lawyers.
Forde abandoned an appeal against his sentence after three Court of Appeal judges made it clear he
ran the risk of getting more jail time.
His barrister, Michael Croucher, announced the decision after asking for an adjournment so he could
ring Barwon Prison and ask Forde for instructions.
Mr Croucher made the call after appeal judges Frank Vincent, Robert Redlich and Mark Weinberg said
they could not give "any assurance whatsoever" that Forde's 17-year review period would not be increased.
Forde, 50, was sentenced last September to an indefinite jail term, to be reviewed after 17 years.
It was his fourth separate conviction for rape.
His latest victim, Jessica, was in court yesterday to hear Forde's appeal dropped and said later she
could now "get on with the rest of my life".
"It's taken 2 1/2 years, but it's finally come to a close," Jessica said outside court.
"I'm really well and happier in myself than I have been. I feel like a weight has been lifted off
Jessica said she would celebrate with a glass of champagne, but would continue to take an interest
in Forde's treatment until a decision was made in 17 years whether he should be released.
Jessica was raped repeatedly while Forde held her at knifepoint for 29 hours after abducting her
from the shop where she worked in Ballarat on February 6, 2006.
Justice Vincent said he was troubled by the "very limited accumulation" of the penalties for the
16 offences that were components of Forde's original sentence. He said Forde had an extraordinary history of offending.
"Not a lot seems to have deterred him," the judge said.
Jessica, 26, became a champion for change to the legal system after her victim impact statement was
published in full in the Herald Sun.
Her crusade for tougher sentences for serial sex offenders prompted a state government pledge to
introduce a law to allow judges to keep offenders in jail at the end of their maximum sentence.
Herald Sun (29-7-2008)
Victim: Give Rapist No Mercy
THE brave young single mother kidnapped by incorrigible serial rapist
William Craig Forde put Victorian judges on notice last night over her
attacker's indefinite sentence.
Forde, 49, was yesterday given an indefinite sentence, to be reviewed by
a judge after 17 years, for crimes against Jessica while he held her
captive at knifepoint during a 30-hour, cross-country ordeal.
It was the highest indefinite sentence given to a sex offender in Victoria,
but produced a mixed reaction from Forde's latest victim.
Jessica said that in 17 years she would be "pushing 40 but still young
enough to fight".
"I'll always be young enough to fight – and I've got another 15 rounds
in me if necessary," she said.
Jessica, whose powerful and heart-rending victim impact statement sparked
an overwhelming public reaction when she allowed the Herald Sun to publish
it in full in August, said she was stoked with the indefinite sentence.
"But I'd be absolutely horrified if he was let out after 17 years," she said.
"That would make me sick. If that was the case, what would be the point of
having gone through all the trauma of fighting to get an indefinite sentence?
"My mum doesn't think 17 years even comes close to what he deserves."
Judge Thomas Wodak told Forde in the County Court at Ballarat that "if an
indefinite sentence was not imposed there is a risk of serious danger to
members of the community, namely adult females".
The judge said women could not be protected against the risk from Forde if
a fixed sentence was imposed.
"The power to impose an indefinite sentence is to be exercised sparingly and
only in clear cases," he said.
Forde pleaded guilty to 11 counts of rape, two of indecent assault, and one
each of kidnap, unlawful imprisonment and armed robbery.
Forde served fewer than 16 years in jail for three previous rape attacks and
reoffended within months each time he was released.
He was set free on November 7 last year and attacked Jessica on February 6 in
the shop where she worked in Ballarat.
She was bound, gagged and raped in the back of the shop, then driven 800km
around central and northern Victoria and repeatedly raped.
She was freed about 3.20pm the following day near her mother's Ballarat home,
where she was found crying hysterically.
Jessica was supported in court by her parents, her partner, sisters, other
family and friends.
Forde sat with his head bowed and showed no emotion during Judge Wodak's
The judge quoted at length from Jessica's victim impact statement, which he
described at "realistic, reasonable and convincing".
"I consider that (Jessica) acted with enormous bravery and strength of mind
during what must have been, for her, a prolonged ordeal of physical and mental
pain, degradation, humiliation and despair," he said.
"You (Forde) treated her with a callousness difficult to understand, as though
she was an inanimate and unfeeling object, existing only to serve your sexual
gratification as, when, and where you chose."
Judge Wodak said Forde's record was deplorable and there was little to indicate
remorse or a wish to be rehabilitated.
There was no evidence he suffered any intellectual or psychiatric disorder.
Forde will be just the fourth to serve an indefinite sentence in Victorian
After the sentencing, Jessica said she planned to study social welfare.
She hopes to help rape victims and contribute to changes in the way they are
treated in the justice system.
Herald Sun (14-12-2006)
Rapist Gets Indefinite Sentence
A man who subjected his victim to repeated rapes and death threats
has received an indefinite sentence - just the fourth in Victorian
William Craig Forde, 49, was handed the sentence today after pleading
guilty to 11 counts of rape, two of indecent assault, and one each of
kidnap, unlawful imprisonment and armed robbery.
His victim, Ballarat single mother ''Jessica'' sparked an emotional
outpouring of support when she decided to tell her story to the Herald Sun.
Judge Thomas Wodak told Forde he had a deplorable record and had
treated his latest victim "with a callousness difficult to understand."
The judge said Forde, who has three previous rape convictions, that
he had behaved as though his victim was "an inanimate and unfeeling
object existing only to serve your sexual gratification, as, when and
where you chose."
Jessica, Forde's most recent victim, said outside the County Court at
Ballarat she was happy with the sentence but drained by the court process.
Jessica said she was now more wary and less trusting.
"But the old me is still there in part and the old me and the new me,
together, will keep on fighting as long as necessary."
She said she planned to study social welfare and hopes to be able to
help other rape victims.
Judge Wodak set a "nominal sentence" of 17 years – the minimum term
Forde will spend in jail.
No maximum term is fixed for an indefinite sentence, but the sentence
must be reviewed by a judge at the expiry of the nominal sentence.
Forde served a total of less than 16 years in jail during his last
three rape sentences.
He was last released in November last year, at the end of a seven-year
maximum sentence, and abducted Jessica on February 6 from the Ballarat
shop where she worked.
Forde raped the 24-year-old single mother repeatedly during the ordeal
that followed as he drove her about 800kms through central and northern
Jessica was found on her knees, crying hysterically on the floor of her
mother's home, soon after she was freed back in Ballarat about 3.20pm
on February 7.
"I consider that (Jessica) acted with enormous bravery and strength of
mind during what must have been for her a prolonged ordeal of physical
and mental pain, degradation, humiliation and despair," Judge Wodak said.
The judge said there was little to indicate that Forde wished to be
"The power to impose an indefinite sentence is to be exercised sparingly
and only in clear cases," Judge Wodak said.
"I am satisfied that this is such a clear case, in which no sentence other
than an indefinite sentence can properly provide protection for those in
the community who are vulnerable to you," he told Forde.
The 17-year nominal sentence set by Judge Wodak is the longest nominal term
fixed for the four Victorian sex offenders given indefinite sentences.
Geoff Wilkinson/ Matthew Pinkney
Open Term Needed For Rapist, Says QC
Serial rapist William Craig Forde would be a serious threat to any
woman near him, a judge was told yesterday.
Prosecutor Jeremy Rapke, QC, called Forde "a dangerous, remorseless
Mr Rapke told Judge Thomas Wodak an indefinite sentence should be
imposed on Forde to protect the community.
"If not in this case, then when?" he asked.
The County Court was told Forde had served three years, 10 years
and seven years as his three previous rape sentences.
He reoffended within a few months each time he was released.
Forde, 49, has pleaded guilty to 11 counts of rape, two of indecent
assault, and one each of kidnap, unlawful imprisonment and armed robbery.
The offences against a Ballarat single mother, 24, were committed in
February, three months after he was released from jail.
Mr Rapke said Forde's criminal history made it "utterly predictable"
he would offend again when he last got out of prison.
He said there were no mental illness issues to explain Forde's behaviour,
and Forde could not say why he offended.
He said Forde had been ready to serve five years more than the minimum in
his last two terms, rather than take part in a sex offender treatment program.
The court was told earlier Forde did not fit the criteria for an extended
supervision order when last released, as he had no pattern of offending
Psychologist Karen Owen said she regarded Forde as a high risk of reoffending,
but extended supervision orders could be sought only for released
child sex offenders.
Ms Owen, manager of the state's sex offender treatment program, said although
Forde's most recent victim was 13 at the time he had no other record of
She said Forde had failed after repeated offers to take part in the program.
Forde's lawyer, Michael O'Connell, told Judge Wodak he could not conclude
from the pre-sentence submissions Forde was intractable, untreatable
Mr O'Connell said Forde's confession and guilty plea were consistent with
remorse and had spared the victim the ordeal of appearing in court.
An indefinite sentence can be given if the judge is satisfied to a high
degree of probability that an offender is a serious danger to the community.
No maximum term is set, but the sentence must be reviewed by a judge at
the expiry of a "nominal sentence" -- equivalent to the non-parole period
that would have been fixed.
Judge Wodak said he hoped to be ready to sentence Forde in Ballarat next
Herald Sun (7-12-2006)
Indefinite Jail Sentence Sought For Rapist
A Victorian judge has been asked to give a serial rapist an indefinite
William Craig Forde, 49, appeared before the Victorian County Court today
for a pre-sentence hearing for the rape of a young woman he kidnapped from
a Ballarat shop in February this year.
Forde repeatedly raped the woman during a 29-hour ordeal and drove her more
than 800km through country Victoria, the court was previously told.
At one point, Forde told her she was "going to be his little whore for a
couple of days".
He pleaded guilty to 11 counts of rape, two of indecent assault, and one
each of armed robbery, false imprisonment and kidnapping.
Ford has already spent 15 years in jail for the rapes of three other women
between 1988 and 1998, the court heard.
He raped his latest victim three months after he was released from jail.
Crown prosecutor Jeremy Rapke, QC, told the court he was seeking an indefinite
jail sentence for Forde.
He described Forde as a serious danger to the community due to his character,
his history, his age and the gravity of his offence.
Only three sexual offenders have received indefinite prison
sentences in Victoria.
Forde's lawyer, Michael O'Connell, opposed the application.
He said an indefinite sentence was unnecessary and setting
a finite sentence
would still protect the community.
Psychiatrist Daniel Sullivan told the court Forde showed no signs of
psychological or intellectual disability.
When asked what drove him to offending he had little explanation and
said he may have found the power he exerted over the victims attractive,
Dr Sullivan said.
The court heard Forde had repeatedly refused to take part in a sexual
offenders program while in custody.
Dr Sullivan said Forde told him he believed the program involved
participants being forced to masturbate and speak to a tape recorder
about their fantasies and he found this idea "repulsive".
The doctor said he understood the treatment program involved addressing
issues of empathy for victims, fantasies and how to control them.
The pre-sentence hearing before Judge Tom Wodak continues tomorrow.
Rape Victim Tells Of Fear
A young single mother wants the serial rapist who destroyed her life to be given the
maximum penalty of 25 years' jail.
Jessica has described her physical, psychological, emotional and financial suffering in a
harrowing victim impact statement addressed to the County Court judge who will sentence her attacker.
A pre-sentence plea hearing for William Craig Forde will begin in the County Court today.
Forde has pleaded guilty to raping Jessica 22 times during a terrifying ordeal that lasted 29 hours.
He has three previous convictions for rape and was released from jail only three months before
abducting her at knifepoint last February.
Jessica, 24, was driven more than 800km through central and northern Victoria after Forde
grabbed her from a shop as she arrived for work.
She was raped in a back room of the shop after he bound and gagged her and threatened to
cut her throat.
After driving her car deep into the Wombat State Forest, Forde told her she was "going to be
his little whore for a couple of days".
At one point during her ordeal, which started at 10am one day and ended at 3pm the next, he
told her the only thing keeping her alive was her body.
Jessica wrote in her statement, which will be submitted to the court, that her experience
was "like looking into the eyes of Satan himself".
"I am not a religious person but I know that I have seen the very depths of hell," she wrote.
"I am constantly looking over my shoulder fearing there is someone there who wants to hurt
me . . . I fluctuate from extreme insomnia to extreme fatigue.
"My motivation is gone. My joy of motherhood is waning.
"My ability to love and care for others is disappearing. My trust in the justice system is all but gone.
"I feel like I tried so hard, and was beaten down. I feel weak and vulnerable."
Forde, 49, served a total of 15 years and 10 months in jail for his three previous rapes.
He refused to participate in sex offender treatment programs while in jail.
He was forced to serve his maximum sentence for both his second and third rapes after the
Parole Board refused to parole him because of his unwillingness to submit to treatment.
The maximum sentence for rape is 25 years, and that is the sentence Jessica wants for her attacker.
"At least give me the satisfaction of seeing this man put in jail for the maximum term of 25
years," she wrote in the statement, which she gave to the Herald Sun.
"After all, if I don't qualify as a victim of the most violent, serious and heinous of crimes, then
who the hell does?"
Legal sources said yesterday an indefinite sentence might be another option to be considered
by the judge.
A court can impose an indefinite sentence on its own initiative or on an application by the
Director of Public Prosecutions.
An indefinite sentence can be imposed if the judge is satisfied, to a high degree of probability, that
the offender is a serious danger to the public.
The nature and gravity of the crime and the offender's character, history, age, health and mental
condition are all factors that have to be considered by the sentencing judge.
If a judge decides an indefinite sentence is appropriate, no maximum term or non-parole period is set.
But the judge must specify a "nominal sentence" equivalent to the non-parole period that would
otherwise have been fixed.
The offender's sentence must be reviewed after the expiry of the nominal sentence.
Three Victorian sex offenders -- Kevin Carr, Geoffrey Moffatt and Anthony Carolan -- are serving
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