A registered serious sex offender has been sentenced to a further jail term for breaches of the conditions of his supervision orders.
Daniel Luke Walls, 29, currently remanded at Corella Place (a transitional facility for sex offenders) in Ararat, was scheduled to appear in Ballarat Magistrate’s Court for a contested hearing, however Walls’ defence abandoned the contest after four contravention of Community Correction Order (CCO) charges were withdrawn.
Walls appeared on Wednesday facing the remaining charges of failing to comply with supervision orders and for breach of bail.
Walls was first registered as a sex offender for 15 years at Frankston Law Courts in October 2013, after being convicted on serious charges including using a carriage service to procure a child under 16 years of age to engage in sexual activity in June 2013.
Walls drew headlines in January 2015 when he failed to return home, breaching an interim supervision order, and sparking a public safety warning.
The court heard that Walls, earlier this year, had made contact with a 17-year-old female and had “spoken to her on the phone over a couple of months,” contravening orders not to contact her and using telecommunications devices he had failed disclose to police.
On 25 April 2018, several telecommunications devices – a smartphone with no sim card, an iPhone, a Telstra phone and sim card and a tablet device and sim – belonging to the accused were seized at Corella Place.
The court heard Walls failed to comply with stipulated orders that he must report any new mobile number to police and that he had been using the phones and different numbers to call and conduct text message conversations with a previous victim, her sister and two other women.
Under the Sex Offenders Register of Australia (SORA) orders, offenders must report any contact with under 18 year olds.
Defence for Walls said it was the first time her client had breached SORA orders in the five years that he had been registered.
She stated Walls had already served 120 days in custody and tendered a psychological and mental health report, stating that during the period of offending Walls had been at Ararat had been “isolated” and that his “mental health had declined.”
Magistrate Gregory Robinson took into account the time in custody and sentenced Walls to a total of three months’ jail to be served concurrently.