A child rapist requesting a private cell has lost his request to keep his case secret.
Former Gold Coast yoga teacher Jason Daron Mizner was sentenced to 19 years in prison in 2018 after he repeatedly assaulted his partner’s two-year-old daughter over three months, while also assaulting a second woman’s baby. in Thailand.
He has pleaded guilty to more than 60 child sex offenses since the early 2000s, including more than 30 counts of rape and videotaping the assaults.
After being caught in Thailand, he served 11 years of a 35-year sentence before being deported and arrested by Australian authorities when he returned to Brisbane.
Currently at Wolston Correctional Center in Queensland, Mizner has filed an application with the courts arguing that he should not have to share a cell due to his multiple disabilities, which means that he cannot tolerate having a cellmate.
The matter will be heard in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal in April, but Mizner has moved to try to close the hearing and suppress the evidence and the outcome of the four-day hearing.
Child rapist Jason Mizner, who was sentenced to 19 years in prison in 2018 for raping a two-year-old girl, failed to keep his request for why he can’t have a secret cellmate.
In a request to the court, Mizner argued that his case should be kept private for his safety and that of a fellow prisoner who will provide evidence to support his claim.
He also said that the media coverage puts him and his witness at risk of assault while in prison and that suppressing his application will “protect” his victims.
In a court ruling released Friday, the court found that while they accept the contention that a part of the community has “disdain” for sex offenders and that could increase risk, the judicial process would still not be closed.
“We simply do not consider that we can determine that there is such a level of risk posed by conducting proceedings, as usual, in open court that it would be necessary to take the exceptional step of closing the court and prohibiting the publication of all details to prevent that.” stated the court.
The court also refuted Mizner’s claim that he was caring for the families of his victims through a non-publication order.
The prison witness for the baby rapists told lawyers he would not provide evidence unless under the guise of complete anonymity, to which the court agreed.
Mizner previously apologized to the prison after they were unable to guarantee him a single cell, saying cellmates turning on lights or getting up to go to the bathroom at night triggered his post-traumatic stress disorder, which stems from over a decade in a Thai prison.
The discrimination case alleges that he is handicapped due to his mental health conditions, which make him hypersensitive to sleep disturbances.
Mizner’s application to the court states that he should not have to share a cell at Wolston Correctional Center in Queensland (pictured) because of his multiple disabilities, including PTSD, which means he cannot tolerate having a cellmate .
Mizner had previously argued that his jail term for relentlessly raping his girlfriend’s daughter was “excessive,” despite only receiving 19 years in prison for the repeated assaults.
The length of the material presented in Mizner’s sentencing meant that the judge had to take a break to make sure he received a fair sentence.
During sentencing, Judge Leanne Clare said she had had trouble coping with the disturbing images of Mizner’s crimes despite 30 years of experience in extreme child abuse cases.
“I only saw part of it and it’s been a battle to get the vision of your offense out of my head,” Judge Clare said.
“I cannot imagine the horror of this for the (girl’s) mother.”
The court was told that Mizner, who was 31 at the time of the assaults, formed a relationship with the Australian girl’s mother before committing the crimes over several months.
The former Gold Coast yoga teacher repeatedly assaulted his partner’s two-year-old daughter for three months, and also assaulted the baby of a second woman in Thailand with whom he had befriended.
While on vacation in Thailand, the girl’s mother found videos she had made and a variety of other unrelated child exploitation materials.
Mizner stayed in Thailand, where he formed a relationship with a local woman before assaulting her young daughter and being arrested by Thai authorities.
Mizner’s sentencing was also delayed when a doctor preparing a psychological report for the court suffered a heart attack.
That report, the defense argued, showed that a motorcycle accident when Mizner was 21 left him with a brain injury, making him “disinhibited.”
Judge Clare said it also showed that he had a “pendency for babies” and had a medium to high probability of re-offending if not jailed.
“Even a low risk of recidivism when it comes to baby rape is a substantial risk to deal with. When it comes to medium to high risk…it’s alarming,” she said.
Judge Clare said Mizner showed no remorse for his heinous crimes.