A child molester described as “not just a pedophile but a physical and emotional abuser” has been spared jail and allowed to remain in the comfort of his own home because the judge says he’s “too fat” to be locked up.
O’Neill pleaded guilty to six counts of indecent assault and one count of penetrative sexual abuse of a child and is due to be sentenced on August 25.
But instead of being caged, former teacher Peter John O’Neill, 61, will remain in the comfort of his own home.
Chief Justice Alan Blow said in a previous hearing he was limited to handing down a “suspended jail sentence” and also refused to place O’Neill under home detention as he cannot leave anyway, according to The Mercury.
The child sex offender, described as “not just a pedophile but a physical and emotional abuser“, is in a wheelchair, requires a full-time carer and has been deemed unfit to travel by the court.
O’Neill pleaded guilty to six counts of indecent assault and one count of penetrative sexual abuse of a young person and is due to be sentenced in court in Canberra on August 25.
DailyMail report: Former students expressed their anger in a Facebook group called Old Dominic Scholars: ‘I couldn’t care less how sick this filth is — his final days should be in jail,’ one man said.
‘Nothing will give back what he took, but he must pay in some way,‘ wrote another.
Defence barrister Greg Barns SC said a medical charter aircraft to transport his client would cost between $25,000 to $40,000 in a previous court hearing.
The 61-year-old cannot serve time interstate for Tasmanian crimes, has no money to pay a fine and cannot perform community service due to his medical conditions.
Rachel Grguervic, who left Dominic College in 1989 said: ‘If he doesn’t go to jail and just dies quietly, he doesn’t deserve that. I don’t get why these bastards get bloody protected all the time.’
Ms Grguervic previously told The Mercury O’Neill wasn’t just a pedophile but a physical and emotional abuser.
‘I was told that I was fat and dumb, that I’d never amount to anything, no-one would ever love me. If you weren’t concentrating he would hit your fingers with a ruler.’
Baden Daly had a history of abuse before he attended the school and said he was physically and emotionally traumatised by O’Neill, who would hit him and put him down.
‘To end up with him as a teacher, for him to do it all over again when I thought I was safe, it was traumatic.
‘I don’t think an apology really cuts it,’ he said.
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