A former student of convicted paedophile Peter John O’Neill has launched a petition for him to be extradited from Canberra to Tasmania in the event of an appeal hearing.
O’Neill last week received a five-year suspended sentence for sex abuse crimes against six children.
He was not required to be present for the trial in Hobart, and was not jailed, because he is morbidly obese and suffers from numerous health conditions.
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The court heard one of O’Neill’s victims had died, one had attempted suicide and been admitted to psychiatric wards more than 50 times, and one had been to prison.
All have had psychological counselling in relation to the abuse.
Former Dominic College student Rachel Grgurevic said it was an injustice to his victims that O’Neill would not see jail time.
She said she had been contacted by numerous students not part of the trial who had conveyed to her stories of emotional abuse inflicted by him.
“People have lost their entire dignity from one man,” Ms Grgurevic said.
“Him getting off for five years is not what they deserve.”
Braddon Liberal MHA Felix Ellis said he wanted to raise O’Neill’s sentencing with Attorney-General Elise Archer after it was raised with him by a constituent.
“As the local member for Braddon, I regularly receive enquiries from people all across the North-West, West Coast and King Island and I work hard to represent their view to the relevant minister, in this case the Attorney-General,” he said.