Two Tasmanian men, Adam Maxwell Cox, 34 and Mark Paul Phillips, 25, have been charged with committing several counts of aggravated sexual assault on an intellectually disabled man.
The sexual assaults were described by the Tasmanian Police as being “particularly serious and particularly nasty” assaults that took place over the course of several days.
With the first round of sexual assaults lasting for a period of eight hours.
The second over a period of 17 hours.
According to court documents, the nature of these aggravated attacks included, but were not limited to;
” sexually assaulting him by penetrating his rectum with a broom handle and a glass beer bottle.”
“Assault by setting fire to the man’s body using flammable liquid and tying him to a punching bag.”
“Assaulting the man by tying him to a pole for several hours and hitting him with a baseball bat, machete and fists”.
“Loading a double-barrel shotgun to his leg while he was tied to a pole.”
As a result of these attacks, the victim suffered severe internal injuries, particularly to his bowel, which required immediate surgery and will no doubt cause him significant ongoing health problems for the rest of his life.
Despite the heinous nature of the charges against them, both Cox and Phillips refused to enter a plea and were released on bail pending a future court date.
Given the vileness of the crimes that both Cox and Phillips have been charged with perpetrating against this trusting and vulnerable, disabled man, and the undeniable nature of his injuries, one has to wonder why it is, that although they were both charged with aggravated sexual assault, which to my mind should also include, “occasioning grievous bodily harm”, they were both released on bail and allowed to walk freely back into society.
Why are men like these, who have been charged by the police with committing such unforgivable and life altering acts, effectively being allowed to buy themselves a temporary reprieve from jail?
And why are we as a society constantly being expected to put up with the knowledge that the likes of such men are walking around our cities and towns, doing God knows what, to God knows who, just because the justice system needs time to set all of its wheels in motion?
Clearly whatever the bail limit was set at, it wasn’t high enough to prevent either of these perverts from being able to pay their way out of jail.
In instances such as these, one has to question why they were even given the option of bail in the first place.
Clearly the police found enough evidence to arrest and charge them with the crime, so why let them go?
On a more profoundly disturbing level, it also makes me wonder whether or not the fact that the victim was a disabled man and not (heaven forbid) a child or a woman, had anything to do with the rational for offering up bail as an option at all.
Were these maggots somehow viewed as being less of a threat to the community specifically because they had targeted a disabled man and not a woman or a child?
If that was the rational behind furnishing them with the option for bail, then it should be viewed as being an extremely flawed and precarious, one indeed.
For who among us in society could possibly be more vulnerable than the profoundly intellectually disabled?
Cases like this really make me question just how effective our so-called justice system can be seen to operate in either its role of metering out justice or protecting any of us from those who are known to cause harm.
Let alone protecting those who are already the most vulnerable within our society.
Quotes from www.examiner.com.au/story/2097846/assault-leads-to-