Paedophiles lose appeal against indefinite detention

Sydney - Two convicted paedophiles lost a High Court appeal in Australia against the laws that have made possible their indefinite detention, media reports said.

Edward Pollentine, aged 55, and Errol Radan, aged 75, were each convicted of a series of child sex offences by a Queensland court in 1984.

The men were sentenced under state laws that date back to 1945 and make it possible for a court to order a sex offender to prison for an indefinite period if a psychiatric assessment finds the person incapable of controlling their sexual instincts.

The men launched a High Court challenge last year, arguing that the laws were incompatible with an independent and impartial court system, according to the report.

The court dismissed the case and said it was up to the court to impose such a sentence, and safeguards such as judicial review were in place, ABC reported.

The Queensland government is seeking to toughen legislation on sex offences.

The court ruling comes as child protection authorities investigate the case of a convicted child sex offender in Western Australia who fathered twins by a surrogate in Thailand.

David Farnell's record of sexual assault against three girls under 13 emerged after he became embroiled in a dispute with the surrogate who said he abandoned the infant boy, born with Down's syndrome, and returned to Australia with the twin sister.

The 56-year-old electrician said on national television Sunday he no longer had sexual urges towards children.

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Will Homeby 2014-08-15 08:02:12 AM
Raod rage, murdering of Fiancées, shooting of spouces, farm murders with rape, killing of innocent men because of their beards, locking your wife and kids in a dungeon and paedophilia. Just some of the atrocities committed by the guilt free in SA
Will Homeby 2014-08-15 08:03:13 AM
Let me guess... he must be a Muslim.
Jacques Nel 2014-08-15 11:44:53 AM
We need a law like this in SA. Send them to jail without having them know how long they will be there for, and just let them rot. There is no more 'incentive' for us to be better people as we all know under the web of infinite laws we probably only get a proverbial slap on the wrist for committing crimes. 5 years in jail is nothing for someone who has nothing...