Thousands of Australians demand that the teacher Peter John O’Neill, the teacher of child sex, be jailed
Thousands of frustrated Australians are calling for the imprisonment of a convicted pedophile who was considered ‘too fat for prison’.
Peter John O’Neill, 61, worked at three schools in Tasmania from 1980-91 when he sexually assaulted a number of young boys.
The former 140 kg teacher was given a five-year suspended sentence in the Hobart Supreme Court on 9 September.
The court heard that even O’Neill “deserved” prison. He was so fat that it would be too difficult to extradite him from Canberra, where he currently lives, to Hobart, where he would be imprisoned.
Other reasons O’Neill was not jailed included medical conditions such as breathing difficulties, chronic pain, severe lumbar spine degeneration and spinal stenosis.
A petition has been launched to allow a convicted pedophile to grow too fat to be thrown in prison
Transport costs and COVID-19 restrictions also played a role in the decision.
This has left the survivors of O’Neill’s assault and former students at the schools where he worked furious.
A woman has started a petition hoping to put O’Neill behind bars.
“The Supreme Court Justice wanted to send O’Neill to prison, but said he couldn’t because O’Neill lives in Canberra and taking him to Tasmania was too big of a problem,” the petition read.
‘But that problem is not too big. O’Neil can and must be extradited and imprisoned. ‘
The petition has 17,500 signatures and is intended to get the Tasmania Supreme Court to reconsider its decision.
Rachel Grgurevic is the woman who started the petition and a former student of one of the schools where O’Neill worked.
She told Daily Mail Australia that the current sentence is an ‘injustice’.
“I think the Public Prosecution should appeal against the leniency of the sentence,” she said.
‘This man has destroyed so many lives [and his actions have] has also claimed many lives. ‘
It was previously said it could cost between $ 25,000 and $ 40,000 to bring O’Neill to Tasmania via Medivac.
His enraged victims offered to raise the $ 40,000 for the transportation of O’Neill, who needs a full-time caregiver, when his sentence was revealed earlier this month.
The community wants people like O’Neill in prison. The cost of his crimes is enormous. Our suffering, the damage to our mental health, is immeasurable, ‘said a former student, who cannot be named for legal reasons. The Mercury.
Former students from one of the schools where O’Neill worked (pictured) posted to a Facebook group, with one saying, ‘Nothing will return what he took, but he has to pay somehow’
It would cost (up to) $ 40,000 to transport the obese abuser to Tasmania. We, his victims, are willing to raise those transportation costs so that this man has to face us and then serve his just sentence. ‘
Other students took to Facebook, calling on their former classmates to insist that the state government bring that ‘piece of shit’ back to Tasmania.
They also ask the director of the Public Prosecution to appeal against the mild sentence.
So he got away by abusing children and ruining their lives. Piece of s ***. Can they appeal? one woman wrote.
Chief Justice Alan Blow learned that one of O’Neill’s victims had attempted suicide, while another had been admitted to a mental hospital more than 50 times.
The court heard O’Neill befriending one of the boys, who was 10, while working as his personal art teacher.
During an overnight trip in a wild storm, the boy told O’Neill that he was scared.
O’Neill gave the boy a back massage in bed and then sexually assaulted him.
In another incident, O’Neill claimed he was sick in bed when he persuaded a 15-year-old boy to hug him. He then abused him.
The court heard that even O’Neill (circled above) had the ‘deserved’ prison, he was so fat it would be too difficult to extradite him from Canberra, where he currently lives, to Hobart, where he would be captured. put
That victim didn’t come forward until he was forty because he felt he was to blame.
Justice Blow said O’Neill deserved to be jailed, but his only option was to issue a full suspended sentence because there was “ no prospect ” that he would be taken to Tasmania.
“Although I cannot impose the punishment he deserves, his life is probably much more miserable now than that of most inmates,” Justice Blow told the Hobart Supreme Court Wednesday.
O’Neill is unable to travel on normal flights or any long distance by car, while specialized medical transportation by air would cost up to $ 40,000.
Justice Blow said O’Neill couldn’t be locked up on the highway and didn’t have the money to pay a fine.
He said a house arrest warrant was useless because O’Neill cannot leave his home without help.
Justice Blow said O’Neill had irreversibly affected the education of his victims and many had had problems with anxiety, homelessness, unemployment, depression and drugs.