Garry Neilson

They have dud judges in Australia too

It is a real worry when you get judges with these sorts of thoughts, even more worrying when they say them out loud.

A Sydney judge has compared incest and paedophilia to homosexuality, saying the community may no longer see sexual contact between siblings and between adults and children as ?unnatural? or ?taboo?.

District Court Judge Garry Neilson said just as gay sex was socially unacceptable and criminal in the 1950s and 1960s but is now widely accepted, ?a jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men and was now ?available?, not having [a] sexual partner?.

He also said the ?only reason? that incest is still a crime is because of the high risk of genetic abnormalities in children born from consanguineous relationships ?but even that falls away to an extent [because] there is such ease of contraception and readily access to abortion?.

Judge Neilson made the extraordinary and bizarre comments in the case of a 58-year-old man, known for legal reasons as MRM, who is charged with repeatedly raping his younger sister in the family?s western Sydney home in 1981.

The man had earlier pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his sister when she was 10 or 11 years old in 1973 or 1974 after police recorded a telephone conversation between the siblings in July 2011 in which he admitted to having sexual contact with her when she was ?a kid?.

But he has pleaded not guilty to the charge of sexual intercourse without consent, with an alternative charge of incest, regarding the 1981 events. ?? Read more »