NSW child rapist gets eight-year reduction on sentence

ONE of New South Wales's worst pedophiles, Andrew Dean McIntosh, has had eight years knocked off his prison sentence on appeal.

McIntosh was first convicted in 1988 of five charges of indecently assaulting a nine-year-old boy in Grafton between 1985 and 1986.

He was sentenced to a minimum of two years jail, only to resume preying on children almost immediately after his release on parole.

One of his victims was 15-year-old Sydney boy Sascha Chandler, whose testimony would ultimately bring the offender down.

McIntosh groomed the boy and befriended his parents, while having Chandler over to his home where he repeatedly raped and flogged him.

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He also volunteered as a cadet master at the boy's school, Barker College, where he would sexually and physically abuse Chandler during 1991 and 1992.

McIntosh was convicted in 2010 of 24 offences against the boy including multiple counts of rape and assault.

He faced another 18 charges in 2011 of buggery and assault against three boys as young as nine at Inverell in northern NSW between 1977 and 1983.

On one occasion, he assaulted a boy with the handle of a feather duster before forcing him into anal sex.

Judge Michael Finnane sentenced McIntosh in 2011 to 32 years prison with a non-parole period of 20 years.

McIntosh argued the sentence was excessive during an appeal in May this year.

Justice John Basten this week ruled there were errors in the original sentencing, but said the severity of the crimes meant a long jail term was nonetheless necessary.

"Sentencing for offences committed over 30 years ago, or even 20 years ago, is always problematic," Justice Basten said.

"However, the applicant was a mature adult during the more recent offending; he had already received a period of imprisonment for similar offences and he exercised control over a young male student by an exercise of domineering personality combined with humiliation, threats and actual violence, for sexual gratification.

"A lengthy sentence of imprisonment is inevitable."

McIntosh was re-sentenced to 24 years prison with a non-parole period of 18 years, starting from 2008.

He will not be eligible for parole until December 2026.

Mr Chandler went on to become an international banker and went public with his story as the subject of an Australian Story program on ABC in 2011 after McIntosh's conviction.

Mr Chandler consented to the disclosure of his identity in this court case.

-APN NEWSDESK



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