Sex attacker sentence 'a joke'
THE mother of a girl sexually assaulted by school principal Frank Bailey could barely contain her outrage when she learned of his sentence yesterday.
“How ridiculous,” she said.
“How absolutely ridiculous.
“I am absolutely p....d off.
“He is going to be out in four years.
“What a joke.”
In the NSW District Court in Sydney yesterday, Judge Paul Lakatos sentenced Bailey – the former principal of St Andrew's Christian College who drugged and raped a 14-year-old student in his care – to six years and six months in jail, back dated to February 4, with a non-parole period of four years.
In July, the judge who heard Bailey's trial without a jury, found him guilty of an aggravated sexual assault on the 14-year-old student in 2006.
Bailey had earlier been convicted of the sexual assault of a 16-year-old student and completed his sentence for that offence in August.
The earliest date Bailey can be released on parole is February 8, 2014.
The mother of the 16-year-old victim (Bailey's first conviction), who cannot be identified, said the sentence was hopelessly inadequate.
“For crying out loud, are they just going to hand over children to people like him,” she said.
“My daughter is so upset and he (Bailey) will be just sitting back there rubbing his hands together.
“I want this sentence appealed.
“It is just so crazy and I am just so disappointed.
“I thought the judge could see through Bailey's lies and deception.
“It is a slap in the face for all sexual assault victims.
“What incentive does that give them to come forward?
“They go to court and have to live through it again and again.
“Four years is just garbage. I am just so annoyed.
“He should have got between 12 and 15 years. He drugged and raped a 14-year-old girl – the amount of pain she would be going through now. And he did this 12 months before he raped my daughter.
“The parents have so much guilt. The victims have so much guilt.
“This is just disgraceful.”
The mother said sentencing should occur at the same time or as close as possible to the time a verdict was reached.
That way judges, the victims and the impact the crime had on them would still be fresh in their minds.
She said there had been a number of delays between the time Bailey was found guilty (August) and the sentence handed down.
“I'm sure he would have gotten a longer sentence if it had been done at the same time,” she said.
“The colour fades. The victim was in court. Months later they are out of the picture.”
Peter Johnson of Iluka, the father of former St Andrew's student Sarah who was expelled for trying to “out” the principal, said he was furious with yesterday's sentence.
“Where is the justice and accountability gone?” he asked.
Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell said the sentence did not reflect the gravity of the crime.
“This is a serial offender who is already convicted of raping another girl ... he could have got 20 years, but instead he's given four,” Mr Cansdell said.
“It makes a complete mockery of the legal system and I will be requesting the DPP (Department of Public Prosecutions) appeal the sentence.
“It does not send a message that this is not acceptable behaviour. It makes me sick ... this Bailey was in a position of power.
“They are concerned about his mental state but what about the mental state of his victims.”