A COLERAINE man was yesterday remanded in custody after pleading guilty in the Warrnambool County Court to sex offences.
John Stanley Underwood, 66, of Church Street, was remanded until Judge James Montgomery hands down a sentence at 2pm Monday.
Underwood pleaded guilty to committing three indecent acts with a child aged under 16 years and two counts of sexual penetration of a child aged under 16 years.
Defence counsel Stephen Payne said Underwood acknowledged the seriousness of his crimes and the probable sentencing outcome would impact on his client’s liberty.
“He feels disgusted by his own behaviour and said ‘it’s a bloody disgrace what I’ve done’,” Mr Payne said.
‘‘He feels utterly ashamed.”
The court heard Underwood had an intellectual disability, an IQ of just 66, suffered depression and had been the victim of sex abuse as a child.
Underwood was born in Hamilton, left home at 13 years old and had a horrendous relationship with his father, who was alleged to have sexually abused him up to once a week.
Judge Montgomery said although Underwood had an intellectual disability and depression that there was no link between those factors and the defendant’s offending.
He described a defence counsel sentencing submission for a community corrections order as “heroic”.