John Alan Wilde – Repeat Sex Offender – Oxygen Thief

He said Wilde had a history of degrading and humiliating his victims, using knives to threaten and cut them, and of tying them up.


Convicted rapist John Alan Wilde is an “oxygen thief” who will probably end up back in jail, Corrective Services Commissioner Ron Woodham says.

Wilde has spent all but four months of the past 28 years behind bars for a string of violent sex offences dating back to 1981.

He is due to walk free from a Sydney prison at 4pm (AEST) on Friday, after NSW Supreme Court Justice David Kirby on Thursday ordered his strictly supervised release.

Justice Kirby’s reasons for judgment will be handed down at midday (AEDT) on Friday.

Wilde’s maximum jail term expired in November 2007 but he has been kept behind bars on detention orders – the last of which expires on Friday.

The NSW government had sought to keep him in jail for another two years due to ongoing concerns for the community, but that application was rejected.

Mr Woodham said the solicitor-general would consider appeal action over the weekend.

While he would not discuss the court case nor any appeal, Mr Woodham said he could talk about “what an oxygen thief this fellow is”.

He said he expected Wilde to end up back in his care.

“He will probably be back, (based) on his record,” he told Macquarie Radio.

He said Wilde had a history of degrading and humiliating his victims, using knives to threaten and cut them, and of tying them up.

“He can snap without warning and enter a violent state,” Mr Woodham said.

“He’s not a good prospect to be a model citizen.”

Mr Woodham said Wilde would live in a department-owned halfway house to allow better supervision.

“He’ll be out today and we’ve got the community compliance group monitoring him,” he said.

“He’s on satellite tracking, he can’t move anywhere without us knowing, unless he takes the device off, of course, and then he’s in real trouble.”

Wilde must remain in the facility between 6pm and 6am, and be escorted to appointments, the commissioner said.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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