A victim who grew up in a squalid home that came to be known as Australia’s ‘House of Horrors’ has been jailed for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl.
The 21-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was one of five children who were starved and tortured at the Parafield Gardens home in Adelaide before five adults living at the property were sent to prison in 2011.
South Australia‘s district court heard he pursued the teen on Snapchat in December 2020, demanding naked photographs and asking her to ‘go for a drive’.
Judge Michael Durrant sentenced him to two years and three months behind bars after he pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 14.
The girl only managed to escape his grasp and notify a stranger when he parked at a playground in Adelaide’s north west, The Advertiser reported.
A man who was the victim of horrendous child abuse in an Adelaide home known as the ‘house of horrors’ (pictured) has been jailed for two years and three months for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl
Justice Kevin Duggan, the sentencing judge in 2011, said what happened was ‘beyond comprehension’ and that the house (pictured) was ‘not fit for habitation’
When the children, aged between four and seven, were discovered in 2008 at the house (bathroom pictured) they had been starved to the point of malnutrition, with examinations showing their brains had shrunk from the deprivation to basic nutrients
‘You predated her. You contacted her. You persistently asked for naked photos… your victim ultimately had to run away from you to get the help of a stranger,’ Judge Durrant said.
But in sentencing Judge Durrant acknowledged the man had suffered horrific trauma as a child.
‘You have a shocking personal history deserving of considerable sympathy,’ he said.
‘You were malnourished and emaciated and suffered substantial bruising and skin infections.
‘You have developed paranoia and anxieties as a feature of the complex trauma you suffered.’
The court also heard how the man did not learn to read and write until he was about 10 years old.
He had moved to South Australia from Victoria with his mother and stepfather who were ‘trying to evade Child Protective Services in Victoria’.
Five of the 21 children in the house smeared with faeces, smelling of urine, and infested with flies, maggots and cockroaches, were starved, beaten, choked and made to stand all day and night facing a wall.
Five adults who lived in the house (pictured) – including the leader, Tania Staker – were convicted for their involvement in the abuse
Five of the 21 children in the house (pictured) were starved, beaten, choked and made to stand all day and night facing a wall
Due to his childhood experiences in the Parafield Gardens house (the yard is pictured), he had developed paranoia and anxieties
In sentencing, Judge Durrant acknowledged the man had suffered horrific trauma as a child
They were fed only scraps after the other 16 children had been fed with hot chips or noodles.
When the children, aged between four and seven, were discovered in 2008 they had been starved to the point of malnutrition, with examinations showing their brains had shrunk from the deprivation to basic nutrients.
They also suffered from ulcers on their legs and feet, were covered with scabies, and had stunted growth.
Five adults who lived in the house – including the leader, Tania Staker – were convicted for their involvement in the abuse.
Justice Kevin Duggan, the sentencing judge in 2011, said what happened was ‘beyond comprehension’ and that the house was ‘not fit for habitation’.
‘The deteriorating condition of the children must have been evident to every adult in the household, he said.
The man will serve a non-parole period of one year, one month and two weeks, backdated to when he was taken into custody in December.