Teen on parole pleads guilty to raping Asian tourists
AN AURUKUN teen had been on parole for just seven days when he raped a tourist and tried to rape a second woman outside Cairns Central shopping centre.
Liam Amos Richard Kerindun has pleaded guilty to 12 charges in the Cairns District Court in relation to the incidents in mid-July last year.
He may be looking at up to an 18-year jail term.
The 19-year-old, then aged 18, was meant to be sentenced today, however, there was a joint application by the crown prosecution and defence to adjourn the matter so a pre-sentence report could be compiled.
It has been alleged by police that Kerindun grabbed a 20-year-old Korean woman just after 12am on July 15 and dragged her into a park beside the nearby train track, where she was held and assaulted for two hours.
On that same night Kerindun also allegedly pulled a 28-year-old Japanese woman from the bike she was riding into the same area.
The charges he pleaded guilty to include five counts of rape, three counts of attempted rape, assault with intent to commit rape, deprivation of liberty, aggravated sexual assault and stealing.
He was initially facing 14 charges, but he was discharged in relation to two other charges.
"This matter involves some significant charges… on the crown submission the court is likely to be assisted by information (about) his background and the circumstances of the offending," Crown prosecutor Rebecca Christensen said.
"There was no admissions or explanations… in the (police) record of interview.
"Your honour will come to hear during the course of the sentence that these offences were committed seven days after Mr Kerindun was released on parole."
Ms Christensen said that the preliminary view of the crown was that a sentence range of 14 to 18 years was appropriate.
Defence barrister James Sheridan asked the same approach be adopted as that used in the appeal against one of the offenders, who was among the nine men and boys charged over the rape of a 10-year-old girl in Aurukun in 2007.
Mr Sheridan said that in those cases no pre-sentence reports had previously been prepared. The court ordered that pre-sentence reports be prepared including, if necessary, a psychological or psychiatric report.
He asked Judge Dean Morzone to order Kerindun's report be prepared under the same terms.
Kerindun has been in custody since his arrest in mid-July last year.
Matters were adjourned to August 18.