We?ll force paedophile back to WA, says Iemma
SYDNEY (AAP). ? The NSW Government has vowed to force the return of a convicted paedophile to Western Australia as angry residents staged a rally demanding his removal from the Northern Rivers.
Premier Morris Iemma believes NSW has grounds to seek the removal of Otto Seamus Darcy-Searle after the WA Parole Board allowed him to move to NSW to serve his parole.
Darcy-Searle, 63, was jailed for a total of 424 years for abusing four members of a junior soccer team, aged between 10 and 12, from 1978 to 1982.
But the sentences were to be served concurrently, meaning he would spend only a maximum of 11 years behind bars.
He was granted parole last month after serving just five years in a Perth jail, and then won permission to move to NSW to live with his family at Banora Point.
The NSW Opposition yesterday said the Government owed the people of Banora Point an explanation.
"The question for Mr Iemma is: Did the NSW Government agree to take receipt of this individual and, if so, why?" Opposition leader John Brogden said.
The Premier refused to answer questions about whether one of his Ministers had originally allowed Darcy-Searle to serve his parole in NSW, but he said there were grounds to demand Darcy-Searle's return to WA.
"Quite correctly, both the Minister and Corrective Services commissioner are pursuing that action to get this person back to Western Australia," he said.
"We've got advice that there is action on the parole conditions that presents us with an opportunity to have this person back in Western Australia."
NSW Justice Minister Tony Kelly said his department was working on achieving that, but said the onus was on the WA Government to take DarcySearle back.
"At the moment, the West Australia Parole Board has paroled this man to a particular location in NSW, so they are the only ones who can change that," Mr Kelly said.
He said NSW Corrective Services commissioner Ron Woodham had told WA authorities he was not satisfied with the placement of Darcy-Searle.
The NSW Government and police have sought to reassure a fearful public that Darcy-Searle's movements were being monitored.