Pedophile ‘wanted to be friends’ with children

A Queensland pedophile busted with five children inside his Townsville home has told a Brisbane court he just wanted to be “friends” with them.

Desmond George Buckby, 60, today admitted entertaining his neighbour’s children – the youngest aged just six – by giving them gifts including toys and cakes, and even letting one sit on his lap, despite a strict sex offenders supervision order banning him from all contact with children under 16.

Buckby, who wears an electronic tag as a condition of the order, was released from prison in April after serving multiple sentences for child sex offences, including the sodomy of an 11 year-old girl.

Lawyers for Queensland Attorney-General Kerry Shine are now fighting to have him thrown back behind bars indefinitely on the grounds that he presents a high risk of reoffending.

Crown barrister Jonathon Horton told the Supreme Court this morning Buckby’s actions showed clear signs of “grooming” behaviour commonly used by pedophiles to get close to potential victims and their families.

Buckby, however, has strongly denied he intended to molest them.

“I did want to become friends with the father, I did want to become friends with the children,” Buckby testified this morning.

“(But) I’ve done enough time in jail. I’m 60 years old now. I really respect people now for what I’ve done wrong.”

The court heard Buckby was at his North Ward unit with the children on October 3 when his parole officer showed up unannounced.

He later claimed they had run inside without his permission.

In a sworn affidavit, Buckby admitted to giving each of the children gifts, including playing cards, because he felt bad about shouting at them.

He said one of the little girls had sat on his knee, but he had told her to get off him immediately.

The court heard Buckby had also offered to lend his neighbour an M-rated video about talking cockroaches featuring sex, alcohol and drug-taking because he thought it would “keep the children interested”.

The movie was playing in his unit when his parole officer arrived.

“It was so quick sir,” Buckby told the court during cross examination today.

“They’d only been there approximately five minutes.”

The incidents have a chilling similarity to Buckby’s past offences, which include sodomising an 11-year-old girl after befriending her mother and plying her with gifts and an excursion in the early 1990s.

He also has convictions for showing explicit videos to other children in his care.

However, Buckby’s defence barrister Paul Green argued that while his client, a Vietnam veteran on a war pension, admitted to breaching the terms of his supervision order by having contact with the children, there was no evidence he had harmed them.

He has asked that Buckby be allowed to remain in the community.

Justice Margaret White will make her decision in the coming days.

Published in: on December 4, 2007 at 4:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

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