Large swimming pool with a pool hall, an indoor gym and a private lounge has been opened to the public for the first time in a decade, despite complaints about noise and noise-related problems.
Key points:An employee at the pool hall was arrested for the alleged offence, which happened at the age of 22, and pleaded guiltyThe court heard Mr O’Connell, who was convicted of the offences, was jailed for 18 months and ordered to pay more than $1,500 in compensation to the victimMr O’Connors father said he hoped the court would allow him to continue to work in the pool after serving his sentence.
“I’m so sorry that my son is now behind bars and he will never get out of jail,” he said.
“This has been a long road but I feel like I have the support of everyone in my family.”
As long as I can walk, I will be able to go out, to my family and the community and just relax.
“The court was told Mr O’s father had suffered a series of serious injuries in the last two years, including a fractured arm and a broken cheekbone.
The court had heard Mr Owens was an avid swimmer and would spend up to four hours a day in the water.”
The defendant’s lifestyle is completely out of control and he’s completely irresponsible,” Justice Mary Ewing said.
The offending occurred at the same time Mr Owens’s partner, also named as Rachel, was also in prison for child sex offences.
The victim said she had not slept in days and the couple had been separated for three years.”
It’s been a horrible, horrible year for us,” she said.
In December 2017, Mr Owens told a court he had been molested by his former partner.”
When he was 14 years old, he was with me in the swimming pool,” the court heard.”
He was on the beach with me when I was doing my swimming and he touched me inappropriately.
“At the time, I didn’t believe him but it didn’t matter to me.”
He said he had gone to police after she threatened to expose his wife to public shame.
Mr Owens said he told police he had felt embarrassed by the behaviour and felt guilty for his wife.
The judge told him the prosecution had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr Owens knew the abuse was going to happen.
“Mr Owens, having already pleaded guilty, is not entitled to a further custodial sentence,” Justice Ewing told him.
Mr O’s sentencing hearing will be held at the High Court in Adelaide on February 24.