- WARNING: DISTRESSING CONTENT
- Sick tattoo chosen by 'Evil 8' paedophile Alfred Impicciatore can be revealed
- He posted the inkwork to his Pinterest page in the folder 'my tatts'
- West Australian District Court found him guilty of sexually penetrating girl, 13
- In police interview, Impicciatore claimed he thought she was 17-years-old
- In Australia's most grotesque case, girl was pimped out by her own father
Published: 18:08 EST, 8 November 2017 | Updated: 08:33 EST, 10 November 2017
This is the vile tattoo of a paedophile who raped a 13-year-old girl pimped out by her own father in Australia's most egregious child abuse case.
This week former Perth master builder Alfred 'Freddy' Impicciatore, 47, was found guilty of four counts of sexually penetrating the teenager.
He was the last of the so-called 'Evil 8' paedophiles – who variously raped, drugged and filmed the schoolgirl – to face court over the vile sexual abuse.
Now it can be revealed Impicciatore, described as a 'chubby chihuahua owner' by his victim, posted online that he had a tattoo reading 'learn to love your inner monster'.
Last of the 'Evil 8': This week Alfred 'Freddy' Impicciatore, 47, was found guilty of four counts of raping a teenage girl who had been pimped out by her own father
'Learn to love your inner monster': Impicciatore uploaded a picture of a Where The Wild Things Are style tattoo to his 'my tatts' PInterest page prior to his arrest
Impicciatore uploaded a photo of the ink to his Pinterest folder, 'my tatts', at some point before his arrest in late 2015.
The folder contained pictures of other tattoos on his forearms, one of which was clearly visible during court appearances.
The page was wiped from the internet along with his other social media accounts after his initial arrest and can now be reported following the guilty verdict.
Impicciatore's victim was raped or indecently dealt with by six other men, including the evangelical Christian pastor David Volmer, after her father pimped her out online. A seventh man's case was later found to be unrelated to the girl.
The girl's father, who cannot be named as it would identify his daughter, has been jailed for 22 years.
In his decision, Judge Mark Herron said the father met Impicciatore on the messaging app Kik after the builder posted an ad looking for 'girls or women'.
Other tattoos in Impicciatore's 'my tatts' folder: The positive and negative signs on his forearms (bottom left) were visible during his court appearances
The former builder was a surprisingly active user of PInterest
Impicciatore admitted sexually penetrating the girl in a police interview where he was described by the judge as 'rattled'.
He said the girl's father raped her first.
In the police interview, he said he was 'spun out' after being told the girl was 13-years-old. He claimed the girl's father told him she was 17.
He said the father spoke to him about 'you know, doing it on a regular basis and being best mates'.
'It was really weird,' he said.
During the judge-alone trial, Impicciatore's lawyer John Hawkins argued his client's admissions during the police interview were unreliable.
Impicciatore was stressed and anxious, 'tired and cold' and wanted to end the interview quickly, the court was told.
But the judge found 'to an extent, his stress and anxiety were because… of (Impicciatore) knowing what he had done and having to face up to it…
'He was troubled by what he knew he had done and was wrestling with his conscience'.
His DNA evidence was also found on a torn condom wrapper in the father's bedroom, the court heard, and the judge found him guilty on all four counts.
'SPUN OUT': EXTRACT FROM HIS POLICE INTERVIEW
Impicciatore, at court
POLICE: Freddy, we're talking about a 13 year old kid.
IMPICCIATORE: F***, you just spun me out.
POLICE: I know.
POLICE: But I'm going to lay it on the line for you.
IMPICCIATORE: Ah, god.
POLICE: We're talking about a 13 year old kid that's getting prostituted out by her father.
POLICE: That's the bottom line here. Alright. So now —
IMPICCIATORE: Just f***ing (indistinct).
POLICE: I'm going to give you a break.
IMPICCIATORE: F***ing hell.
POLICE: And just give you time to process that…We'll just have a little break.
Impicciatore and a female friend fled to New South Wales when he was meant to appear for trial. Police released this picture of a red Nissan Pulsar
Where are you going? Impicciatore was found in Merriwa, New South Wales, with female friend Rachel Galvin (pictured)
Impicciatore had a troubled journey to the guilty verdict.
On May 22, he skipped the first day of his initial trial.
Police blasted out an alert seeking his whereabouts, claiming he fled Western Australia with female friend Rachel Galvin and had dyed his hair red.
He was found with Ms Galvin more than 3,700km away in the township of Merriwa, two hours' drive south of Tamworth, New South Wales.
'The only rational inference which can be drawn from it, that he fled from a consciousness of guilty, reinforces the findings I have already made,' Judge Herron said.
Impicciatore will be sentenced in March next year.
Asked about his client's tattoos, Impicciatore's defence lawyer told Daily Mail Australia he was unable to comment.
The girl is now in care and was said to be receiving treatment.
THE STATUS OF THE 'EVIL 8'
By Australian Associated Press
Raped and offered the girl to the others, but cannot be named to protect her identity. He was sentenced in June last year to 22-and-a-half years behind bars. Earliest release date is October 2035. He lost an appeal against the length of his sentence, which he had argued was manifestly excessive
Former pastor Dawid ('David') Volmer admitted stupefying the girl with amyl nitrate and raping her in front of her own father
Former pastor and father-of-two was sentenced in November 2015 to 10-and-a-half years in prison after admitting he stupefied the blindfolded girl with an inhalant and raped her in front of her father. Eligible for parole after eight-and-a-half years
RYAN TREVOR CLEGG
Pleaded guilty to 15 charges, including sexually penetrating and indecently recording a child, and was jailed in January for 12 years and nine months. Eligible for parole after 10 years and nine months. His case sparked outrage when it emerged he lived close to a child care centre while on bail and was then taken into custody
NICHOLAS ADAM BEER
Admitted sexually abusing the girl alongside her father while she was shackled to a bed and forced to wear bondage gear. Sentenced in September last year to seven years in jail, eligible for parole after five years
TROY PHILLIP MILBOURNE
Had a shower with the girl and then had sex with her on a bed. He pleaded guilty to seven charges, including sexual penetration of a child, and was sentenced in November last year to five years and three months behind bars. Parole eligibility after three years and three months
BENJAMIN SIMON CLARKE
Sentenced in June last year to three years after pleading guilty to 12 charges, including indecently recording and dealing with a child, admitting he photographed the girl wearing lingerie and nude at an abandoned mine site. Eligible for parole after 18 months
He was implicated in the investigation but never charged with offences related to the girl. He was jailed for using an online chat forum to engage in sexual conversations and exchange nude photographs of other children
CONVICTED AFTER A TRIAL:
ALFRED JOHN IMPICCIATORE
Pleaded not guilty to four charges of sexual penetration of a child, despite confessing to police, and had a judge-alone trial following outrage that he twice secured bail after repeatedly failing to show up to court and changing lawyers several times. He will face a sentencing hearing in March.
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Australia: Scott Morrison saga casts scrutiny on Queen’s representative
In the past fortnight, Australia has been gripped by revelations that former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison secretly appointed himself to several additional ministries.
The move has been labelled a “power grab” by his successor as prime minister, and Mr Morrison has been scolded by many – even his own colleagues.
But the scandal has also dragged Australia’s governor-general into the fray – sparking one of the biggest controversies involving the Queen’s representative in Australia in 50 years.
So does Governor-General David Hurley have questions to answer, or is he just collateral damage?
Governors-general have fulfilled the practical duties as Australia’s head of state since the country’s 1901 federation.
Candidates for the role were initially chosen by the monarch but are now recommended by the Australian government.
The job is largely ceremonial – a governor-general in almost every circumstance must act on the advice of the government of the day. But conventions allow them the right to “encourage” and “warn” politicians.
Key duties include signing bills into law, issuing writs for elections, and swearing in ministers.
Mr Hurley has run into trouble on the latter. At Mr Morrison’s request, he swore the prime minister in as joint minister for health in March 2020, in case the existing minister became incapacitated by Covid.
Over the next 14 months, he also signed off Mr Morrison as an additional minister in the finance, treasury, home affairs and resources portfolios.
Mr Morrison already had ministerial powers, so Mr Hurley was basically just giving him authority over extra departments.
It’s a request the governor-general “would not have any kind of power to override or reject”, constitutional law professor Anne Twomey tells the BBC.
“This wasn’t even a meeting between the prime minister and the governor-general, it was just paperwork.”
But Mr Morrison’s appointments were not publicly announced, disclosed to the parliament, or even communicated to most of the ministers he was job-sharing with.
Australia’s solicitor-general found Mr Morrison’s actions were not illegal but had “fundamentally undermined” responsible government.
But the governor-general had done the right thing, the solicitor-general said in his advice this week.
It would have been “a clear breach” for him to refuse the prime minister, regardless of whether he knew the appointments would be kept secret, Stephen Donaghue said.
Critics push for investigation
Ultimately, Mr Hurley had to sign off on Mr Morrison’s requests, but critics say he could have counselled him against it and he could have publicised it himself.
But representatives for the governor-general say these types of appointments – giving ministers the right to administer other departments – are not unusual.
And it falls to the government of the day to decide if they should be announced to the public. They often opt not to.
Mr Hurley himself announcing the appointments would be unprecedented. He had “no reason to believe that appointments would not be communicated”, his spokesperson said.
Emeritus professor Jenny Hocking finds the suggestion Mr Hurley didn’t know the ministries had been kept secret “ridiculous”.
“The last of these bizarre, duplicated ministry appointments… were made more than a year after the first, so clearly by then the governor-general did know that they weren’t being made public,” she says.
“I don’t agree for a moment that the governor-general has a lot of things on his plate and might not have noticed.”
The historian says it’s one of the biggest controversies surrounding a governor-general since John Kerr caused a constitutional crisis by sacking Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1975.
Prof Hocking famously fought for transparency around that matter – waging a lengthy and costly legal battle that culminated in the release of Mr Kerr’s correspondence with the Queen.
And she says the same transparency is needed here.
The Australian public need to know whether Mr Hurley counselled the prime minister against the moves, and why he didn’t disclose them
The government has already announced an inquiry into Mr Morrison’s actions, but she wants it to look at the governor-general and his office too.
“If the inquiry is to find out what happened in order to fix what happened, it would be extremely problematic to leave out a key part of that equation.”
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – Mr Morrison’s predecessor – has also voiced support for an inquiry.
“Something has gone seriously wrong at Government House,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“It is the passive compliance along the chain… that did undermine our constitution and our democracy… that troubles me the most. This is how tyranny gets under way.”
PM defends governor-general
Prof Twomey says the criticism of Mr Hurley is unfair – there’s was no “conspiracy” on his part to keep things secret.
“I don’t think it’s reasonable for anyone to expect that he could have guessed that the prime minister was keeping things secret from his own ministers, for example.
“Nobody really thought that was a possibility until about two weeks ago.”
Even if he had taken the unprecedented step to publicise the appointments or to reject Mr Morrison’s request, he’d have been criticised, she says.
“There’d be even more people saying ‘how outrageous!'” she says. “The role of governor-general is awkward because people are going to attack you either way.”
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has also defended Mr Hurley, saying he was just doing his job.
“I have no intention of undertaking any criticism of [him].”
A role fit for purpose?
Prof Hocking says it’s a timely moment to look at the role of the governor-general more broadly.
She points out it’s possible the Queen may have been informed about Mr Morrison’s extra ministries when Australia’s parliament and people were not.
“It does raise questions about whether this is fit for purpose, as we have for decades been a fully independent nation, but we still have… ‘the relics of colonialism’ alive and well.”
Momentum for a fresh referendum on an Australian republic has been growing and advocates have seized on the controversy.
“The idea that the Queen and her representative can be relied upon to uphold our system of government has been debunked once and for all,” the Australian Republic Movement’s Sandy Biar says.
“It’s time we had an Australian head of state, chosen by Australians and accountable to them to safeguard and uphold Australia’s constitution.”
But Prof Twomey says republicans are “clutching at straws” – under their proposals, the head of state would also have been bound to follow the prime minister’s advice.
“It wouldn’t result in any changes that would have made one iota of difference.”
Australia election: PM Morrison’s security team in car crash in Tasmania
A car carrying the Australian prime minister’s security team has crashed in Tasmania during an election campaign visit.
Four police officers were taken to hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” after the car and another vehicle collided, authorities said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was not in the car, but the accident prompted him to cancel the rest of his campaign events on Thursday.
The other driver involved was not hurt.
Tasmania Police said initial investigations suggested the second car had “collided with the rear of the police vehicle, while attempting to merge”. It caused the unmarked security vehicle to roll off the road.
The two Tasmania Police officers and two Australian Federal Police officers were conscious when taken to hospital for medical assessment, the prime minister’s office said.
“Family members of the officers have been contacted and are being kept informed of their condition,” a statement said.
“The PM is always extremely grateful for the protection provided by his security team and extends his best wishes for their recovery and to their families.”
Australians go to the polls on 21 May. Mr Morrison – prime minister since 2018 – is hoping to win his conservative coalition’s fourth term in office.
Polls suggest the opposition Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, is favoured to win. However, Mr Morrison defied similar polling to claim victory at the last election in 2019.
Mr Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition holds 76 seats in the House of Representatives – the minimum needed to retain power.
Political observers say the cost of living, climate change, trust in political leaders, and national security will be among key issues in the campaign.
In recent weeks, the prime minister has faced accusations of being a bully and once sabotaging a rival’s career by suggesting the man’s Lebanese heritage made him less electable. Mr Morrison has denied the allegations.
Mr Albanese stumbled into his own controversy this week when he failed to recall the nation’s unemployment or interest rates.
Sydney airport warns delays could last weeks on third day of travel chaos
Long queues at Sydney airport’s domestic terminals have continued for a third day, with some passengers missing international connections, as the airport warns delays resulting from a surge in travellers and a shortfall in security staff could continue for weeks.
Chaotic scenes were reported in the departure halls as early as 4.30am on Saturday, with some frustrated travellers, many of whom heeded the pleas of airport chiefs to arrive at least two hours before their domestic flight was due to take off, claiming only one security line was operating.
While the queues that formed early on Saturday are understood to have cleared later in the morning, the airport apologised to affected travellers.
“Traffic numbers are picking up and the close contact rules are making it hard to fill shifts and staff the airport. We appreciate your patience,” Sydney airport said on its Twitter account.
A wave of families travelling as the term two school holidays begin this weekend, combined with close contact rules that are understood to be taking out about 20% of security shifts in any given day, are driving the problem.
Certis, the company that Sydney airport contracts for its security operations, is desperately trying to recruit personnel, while the airport has reallocated back office, IT and retail workers to the departure hall to comb queues so they can prioritise passengers at risk of missing their flight.
“We are working around the clock to resolve these issues and have teams in the terminals bringing passengers forward in order of priority,” a Sydney airport spokesperson said.
He added that the airport is “anticipating it will [be] busy right through the school holiday period and peak over the Easter and Anzac Day weekends, in some cases at 90% of pre-Covid passenger levels”.
“We’re deeply grateful to passengers for their ongoing patience and we’re sorry to everyone who has been inconvenienced,” the spokesperson said. “We would also like to thank passengers for getting to the airport early and treating staff and each other with kindness and respect.”
The Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce was forced to clarify comments he made on Friday that passengers were “not match fit” and that those forgetting to remove laptops and aerosols from their bags at the security check contributing to the delays.
“Just to be clear, I’m not ‘blaming’ passengers,” Joyce said. “Of course it’s not their fault,” he said.
Qantas shed thousands of staff during the pandemic, and outsourced ground crews in a decision that was challenged in court.
On Saturday, Qantas also apologised to a Melbourne family left stranded in Sydney, after domestic flight delays caused them to miss an international trip.
Javiera Martinez, her partner Daniel Capurro and their three children were supposed to be flying to Chile on Friday to visit relatives they had not seen in three years.
But after their 8am Qantas flight from Melbourne was delayed by half an hour, baggage handling and airport transfer delays in Sydney meant they couldn’t make their 11.30am LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago.
Martinez said the airline’s procedures at the airport were chaotic.
“We think Qantas didn’t behave appropriately. I got berated by the person at the counter – they never apologised, they never assumed any responsibility at all,” she said. “It was a rude conversation. We have been mistreated badly I would say.”
The PCR tests they need to travel have now expired and they will have to take them again as they wait for seats on the next flight to Santiago from Sunday.
The airline has apologised and paid for a night’s accommodation in Sydney.
“We sincerely apologise that the family missed their connecting flight on another airline due to delays moving through Sydney airport on Friday,” a Qantas spokesperson said.
The family is among many affected by hold ups amid the busiest travel period in two years, with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports warning passengers to arrive two hours before domestic flights.
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