Victims issue call to arms

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From that impact statement, DeBoo and the Judge heard that victim had taken his own life as he struggled to live with the abuse imposed on him by the serial paedophile.

A powerful protest

A powerful protest

“He was one of my great mates. We played footy together. We all loved him as a person and a team mate. You have his blood on your hands today”, ‘A’ said in court.

“Tragically, the horror of what happened to my mate means that he can’t be here to fight with us today.

“I want all my mates, and the entire community of Victor Harbor, to join us outside court next Wednesday. Let’s send the strongest possible message to our Parliament and Courts that we don’t tolerate these despicable acts.

“If people feel like they don’t want to be identified during this protest then, like us, they can wear a mask. It’s a powerful way of sending the strongest possible message and remembering our lost mate”.

Wearing a mask to conceal his identity, ‘B’ point-blank asked DeBoo outside court at that last appearance if he felt sorry for his crimes and asked him if he would apologise.

“His response was outrageous,’’ said ‘B’. “He told me that he was the one with the life sentence. He sniggered at me. He’s an animal, there are no other words to describe him”.

The survivors’ Army of supporters have established a Facebook page ‘DeBoo No Home Detention’ and delivered 10,000 pamphlets to the residents of Pasadena, informing them of DeBoo’s attempts to seek home detention in their community.

As a result, both sides of Parliament have weighed into the debate and there are now new law reforms before Parliament, aimed at ensuring child sex offenders are sent to jail and loose the option of home detention.

“It is unknown exactly how many victims DeBoo has, but sadly its likely a very high number”, said ‘B’.

“It is the saddest of tales, that has ripped the heart out of the Victor Harbor community over the past 40 years. 

“Every day more and more of the survivors of DeBoo’s abuse are coming forward to us confidentially, through social media and friends.

“It is hugely important that any other victims do come forward and we urge them to contact SAPOL with their stories. Now is the time to report his offences so that DeBoo can be dealt with appropriately through the legal system.’’