The Royal Courts of Justice Coat of arms, dieu et mon droit crest, at the Lismore Court House. Photo Jay Cronan / The Northern Star
The Royal Courts of Justice Coat of arms, dieu et mon droit crest, at the Lismore Court House. Photo Jay Cronan / The Northern Star Jay Cronan

Urbenville man on sex offenders register

AN URBENVILLE man will be placed on the sex offenders register after losing an appeal to have his conviction overturned for committing an act of indecency on a girl under 16.

Kenneth John Stubbings appeared in Lismore District Court last Thursday to appeal his Local Court conviction of 12 months' jail with a non-parole period of nine months handed down in July.

Stubbings, 68, was jailed by Magistrate David Heilpern on July 27 after being found guilty of committing an act of indecency on a person under 16, and committing an act of indecency upon a person over 16.

On that day Mr Heilpern dismissed two counts of destroying or damaging property valued less than $2000.

The charges related to lewd acts Stubbings admitted he committed against a single mother and her six-year-old daughter for about a year.

The court then heard Stubbings entered the victims' backyard while on his early morning walk and performed lewd acts involving the mother's and daughter's underwear and other property.

When he was convicted and sentenced in the Local Court, Stubbings launched an appeal against the severity of his sentence.

Last Thursday Judge Bennett varied the sentence in order that Mr Stubbings would have a greater amount of time on supervision once released from custody.

Judge Bennett reduced Stubbings' non-parole period from nine months to six months.

He ordered Stubbings to be under the supervision and guidance of Community Corrections once he is released from custody.

Stubbings will be placed on the sex offenders register pursuant to Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Act 2000 and is to abide by the conditions found in the legislation.

Judge Bennett also ordered Stubbings to report to police on a yearly basis, to advise police of his mobile phone number, his internet details and who resides in his premises.

Stubbings must advise police and obtain permission if he wants to travel outside of NSW.



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