February 03, 2004

RETAIL THERAPY

The Melbourne Herald Sun reports:

A mentally ill child-sex offender regarded as a potentially serious risk was still on the loose last night after escaping during a shopping trip.

You know, itís probably not a good idea to take these people shopping.

Posted by Tim Blair at February 3, 2004 09:31 AM
Comments

Outrage on the ABC this morning at the Herald Sun's description of the man as 'mentally ill'; his 'advocate' assuring Jon Faine and listeners that he was merely intellectually disabled; had not 'escaped' as he was under guardianship not custody and therefore could not be 'arrested'.

ABC listeners can rest easy.

Posted by: ilibcc at February 3, 2004 at 10:18 AM

It's not as if they can't mail order their pornography. (And rubber-wear, lubricants etc).

Posted by: Habib at February 3, 2004 at 10:27 AM

Shopping at Oshkosh, b'gosh?

Posted by: BruceT at February 3, 2004 at 10:29 AM

Well, that settles it. Webster has found the picture to accompany the "mentally ill child-sex offender" entry in their next edition.

Posted by: Russell at February 3, 2004 at 12:15 PM

Dang, I thought this was another Michael Jackson episode.

Posted by: Geoff Matthews at February 3, 2004 at 02:25 PM

Money Quote --
"...the gentleman in question has displayed... sexual behaviour towards children."

Gentleman?

Don't you Aussies have a better word for "Sick, twisted, perveted, evil twerp?" I mean, Crikey!

Posted by: gaw at February 3, 2004 at 03:26 PM

Gaw,

There is a better word word for sick, twisted, perverted, evil twerp. It's the word "Arafat."

Posted by: Jerry at February 4, 2004 at 01:18 AM

What the hell would they have been shopping for anyway?

Posted by: Small question at February 4, 2004 at 07:39 AM

Jerry:

"There is a better word for sick, twisted, perverted, evil twerp. It's the word "Arafat"."

Funny, I thought the word was "Saddam"...but I could be wrong...

Posted by: Lee Herschler at February 4, 2004 at 12:56 PM