Bulli rapist Terry John Williamson wants constraints eased

Bulli rapist Terry John Williamson, centre, in 2012 after serving 22 years in jail for rapes in the northern suburbs of Wollongong.
Bulli rapist Terry John Williamson, centre, in 2012 after serving 22 years in jail for rapes in the northern suburbs of Wollongong.

The man dubbed "the Bulli rapist" will fight for a shorter supervision order in the NSW Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Terry John Williamson completed his 24-year sentence in May, having served 22 years behind bars and two years on parole under strict supervision.

Prior to his release in 2012 he was denied parole on eight separate occasions.

As a young man Williamson terrorised the Illawarra for 10 months between 1989 and 1990, sexually assaulting 11 victims, including a five-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy.

He abducted victims from their bedrooms or from the side of the road, often returning to the same locations to lie in wait for his victims.

At the time, Williamson generated so much fear in the Illawarra there were calls for a male curfew from sections of the community.

Williamson has been living under an interim supervision order since May, having to comply with a raft of conditions.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear why Williamson should be placed under an extended supervision order (ESO).

The court has the power to impose an ESO for five years. At the end of the five years the Attorney-General can apply to the court for another order. There is no limit on how many ESOs can be sought for an individual over their lifetime.

Williamson's first victim, who was 13 when she was brutally raped by Williamson on an oval at Bulli High School, has called for Williamson to remain under strict supervision for the rest of his life.

In May she contacted the Mercury for help to rally the Illawarra community for support. The Mercury set up a petition on change.org and yesterday forwarded 1724 signatures to the NSW Attorney-General Brad Hazzard.

Under the present interim supervision order Williamson must wear an electronic bracelet and take anti-libidinal drugs to reduce his sex drive.

He must not frequent or visit any place or areas specified by the order. While the order makes no mention of him entering the Illawarra region, he is prohibited from contacting his victims.

He must abstain from pornography, alcohol and illicit drugs and stay away from anyone under 18. He must live at an address approved by a Corrective Services officer and if directed must be at home between the hours of 9pm and 6am.

He needs approval to change his name or appearance. He must not leave the state without written permission and must surrender his passport. He is prohibited from picking up anyone who is hitchhiking or associating with any person convicted of a serious sex offence.

If he intends to have sexual or intimate contact he must notify his supervising officer as soon as possible.


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