Australia set to return paedophile to NZ

ROBERT KIDD
Last updated 16:18 19/05/2013

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A paedophile who took photos of his children's friends as they played together looks set to be returned to New Zealand from Australia.

Jeffrey Chadwick is the latest in a string of potentially-dangerous criminals who will have their residency status revoked across the Tasman after finishing jail terms.

The spotlight is on public access to criminal histories after the murder of Christchurch 13-year-old Jade Bayliss by her mother's former boyfriend Jeremy McLaughlin.

The family did not know he had previously killed an Australian teen and now Justice Minister Judith Collins is considering law changes to allow greater transparency between the two countries.

She is keen to allow police to flag criminal backgrounds to family members and others in close relationships, which did not happen in the Bayliss case, but the issue is complicated by privacy laws.

A public offenders' register is also being considered as part of the changes.

Australian website Perth Now last week reported that Chadwick lost his appeal over his visa cancellation.

He was sentenced to three years' jail in the District Court in Gladstone, Queensland in 2011 after being found guilty of 18 child pornography-related offences.

Chadwick took photos of seven children on 15 different occasions, while they played with his own children at his home, a tribunal heard.

The sentencing judge said while parents trusted him to look after their children, Chadwick posed them in explicit ways for his own sexual gratification.

The judge said Chadwick's behaviour had been predatory, premeditated, persistent and disgraceful, according to the website.

Chadwick, a New Zealand citizen, began committing the serious offences within four years of arriving in Australia in late 2002.

The tribunal heard that a psychiatrist who interviewed Chadwick on March 26 said there was a possibility of him reoffending and he had little insight into the effects of his crimes.

Last week Fairfax revealed the similar case of Michael Heron, 41, who was jailed in Australia in 1996 after stabbing a man to death in a bar fight.

He is serving a minimum of 14 years in jail and had extra terms added for repeated acts of violence in prison.

When Heron is released in November 2014, he will be deported because he does not pass the good character test needed to remain there.

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