Alexander William Mulraney (deceased)
BackgroundNZ Lawyer report 25th May 2006
The mother of one of the victims of a New Plymouth paedophile is angry he has shown no remorse and is unlikely to spend any time behind bars. And she believes Alexander William Mulraney (80) will offend again. A former music teacher and sports coach, Mulraney was sentenced in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday after admitting six sexual assault charges against three young boys. The offending spanned many years and one boy, who thought he was just three years old when Mulraney first abused him, was repeatedly a victim of the sex offender's depravity.
The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was gutted Mulraney and his family had put a memorial notice in the Taranaki Daily News this week, which she said proved his failure to take any responsibility for his offending. The notice was for Mulraney's son who died of a brain haemorrhage in 2000 and part of it said: "Thank God you are safe from the evil people of this world".
She believed the notice was aimed at her because she was the first to complain to police two years ago about what Mulraney had done to her son. "That just proves he has no remorse. I feel sick with what he has done to all of the boys and I'm really angry," the woman said after Mulraney's court sentencing. She said his arrogance in the dock and his refusal to accept any assistance or counselling also proved his lack of any acceptance of responsibility. Another victim's mother simply said Mulraney was evil.
Judge Louis Bidois sentenced Mulraney to a total of two years' jail, but allowed him leave to apply for home detention and deferred the start of the sentence for two months. That meant Mulraney was allowed to go home on bail yesterday and wait for the Parole Board's decision on his home detention application. If the board grants it, he will not spend a day in jail. Conditions of his bail were that he was not to leave Taranaki and not associate with anyone under 16, unless with another adult.
"There is no doubt in my mind he'll do it again," the mother said. She also believed there were more victims, too ashamed to come forward. She said her son, now aged 18, had said little about Mulraney's sentence. "He feels embarrassed and humiliated." She planned to go to Mulraney's Parole Board hearing and make a submission. Mulraney's victims were all under 12 when the sexual offending occurred.
The three boys knew Mulraney and they were all abused during visits to his home. One of the boys was abused over a six-year period from 1992, another victim was abused in the early 1980s and the third about 1998. Crown prosecutor Justin Marinovich said Mulraney's offending was a gross breach of trust and the victims were vulnerable because they were so young.
"The reality is, the offending has been effectively hidden for a long time. Mr Mulraney is in a state where he can spend time in prison and the Crown strongly oppose deferment of sentence," Mr Marinovich said. He said Mulraney had some health issues, but nothing prison staff could not deal with. Defence counsel Turitea Bolstad said Mulraney and his wife had been married for 50 years, but had no immediate family support here and a prison term would have a devastating effect on Mrs Mulraney.
The court heard that Mulraney served in the British Royal Navy during World War II and later worked as a manufacturing engineer. In New Plymouth, he was heavily involved with the local Operatic Society. Judge Bidois told Mulraney he had made a large contribution to the community and highlighted his war effort. "It has to be a shame that your life has deteriorated to this. This offending is a huge fall from grace." The judge also ordered Mulraney to pay reparation to the victims – $3000 to one and $1000 each to the others.
Date of Birth
Sexual assault of three New Plymouth boys from the early 1980's on.
One of the boys was aged just three when the offending started
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced to just 2 years in May 2006
Applied for home detention but was turned down
Released May 2007
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