Colin Frank Visser
From NZ Herald story 29th October 1987
A 29 year old with a 13 year history of sexual offending has been refused leave to appeal against a sentence of preventive detention. The Court of Appeal said the record of Colin Frank Visser was such that the protection of the public was paramount. Delivering the judgment, Mr Justice McMullin said Visser appeared in the High Court at Auckland on August 5, 1986, for sentence on two charges of doing an indecent act on a boy, aged 12, one charge of inducing a boy aged 11 to do an indecent act on him, and one charge of unlawful sexual connection with the 12 year old boy.
Between November 1974 and November 1985 Visser had been convicted of several offences of indecency for which he was variously sentenced to probation, fined or given community service, non-residential periodic detention or imprisonment. Mr Justice McMullin said that when Visser appeared in court in August 1986 for sentence on the four offences, mentioned the judge was reminded to give him preventive detention, but was persuade to impose a sentence of community care in the hope of a long-term cure. Visser was released into the care of the Rev M. King, who undertook to advise the probation officer if he suspected Visser was likely to reoffend.
Mr King notified the probation service of a questionable incident which occurred on December 15, 1986. Visser was interviewed and claimed his behaviour was innocent. A further incident occurred about New Year 1987. At a subsequent interview a probation officer asked Visser if he could guarantee he would not reoffend. Visser said he wished he could give such an assurance but he was unable to do so. An application was then made to the High Court, under section 57 of the Criminal Justice Act, for the cancellation of the sentence for community care on the ground that there was a high risk of Visser’s sexually reoffending with minors.
We note Visser's offending involved masturbation and indecent exposure in relation to a 12 year old boy. Digitally sodomising an 11 year old boy, rubbing his genitals and masturbating him. One of Visser's victims was a six year old boy. Visser who is a "Christian" had a history in the church community. Attempts were previously made by various Christian churches to assist Visser but this was of no avail.
Date of Birth
1957 (D.O.B. is approximate)
At large, previously residing in Mission Bay, Auckland
Sentenced to preventive detention (7 years non-parole at that time) in August 1986
Released July 1996 - as advised by the Parole Board
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