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Albion Park child-sex offender 'struggling' in prison

10-1-2014 Australia:

An Albion Park man who sexually assaulted a child and later threatened to shoot her parents if she told anyone will learn his fate next month.

A jury took just two hours to convict Dennis Raymond Walker of four counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 10 and one count of indecent assault during a trial held in April this year.

In a sentence hearing in the district court in Sutherland on Wednesday, Walker told the court he was having a hard time in jail due to various health problems, which included depression, an enlarged prostate and osteoarthritis.

He said because he was in protective custody - as are all offenders involved in sexual offences against children - he received reduced time out of his cell compared to other inmates.

"At the Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre we're allowed out 18 hours in seven days," he said, adding other inmates were allowed outside all day.

Walker's adult daughter, Nicole, told the court she'd seen her father deteriorate mentally and physically since being put behind bars.

Walker, who was supported in court by his family, will be sentenced on November 7. ..Source.. by SHANNON TONKIN

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