Man who tried to rape schoolgirl at Adelaide bus cease sentenced to seven years in psychological well being facility

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An Adelaide man charged with the tried rape of a 13-year-old schoolgirl will spend seven years in a psychological well being facility.

Anthony James Stengewis, 52, attacked the teenage lady at a Gilberton bus station in February final yr, however was discovered not responsible by the use of psychological incompetence in Could 2023.

Choose Geraldine Davison beforehand mentioned that regardless of Mr Stengewis being mentally unfit to face trial, she was happy past cheap doubt that he had dedicated the acts alleged by the prosecution. 

Within the District Courtroom in the present day, Choose Davison sentenced Mr Stengewis to seven years detention, and mentioned he must apply to be launched as soon as that point is served.

“I have to impose a limiting time period that may have been imposed if he [Stengewis] was discovered responsible of the related offences however with out considering his psychological impairment,” Choose Davison mentioned.

“The offending occurred at a time when she was notably susceptible — when nobody else was across the assist her.”

Choose Davison additionally informed the court docket Mr Stengewis had a previous legal historical past and was charged with one other tried rape in 1990.

Mr Stengewis was beforehand discovered not responsible by the use of psychological incompetence.(ABC Information: Evelyn Manfield)

The court docket heard Mr Stengewis approached the 13-year-old and requested if she had a boyfriend, earlier than he tried to bodily choose her up and push her right into a bush.

The 13-year-old was crying and shouted “cease” and “assist”.

“The male did not cease and there was no-one else round,” prosecutor Darin Clearwater beforehand informed the court docket.

“The sufferer began kicking the male to the abdomen and groin space.”

The court docket heard the sufferer was on the cellphone to her sister throughout the assault, who was then in a position to give an in depth description of the offender.

Mr Stengewis lived in a boarding home in Medindie, a few two-to-three-minute stroll away from the crime scene.

He beforehand tried to speak all through his limiting time period submissions and tried to dismiss his defence lawyer, however in the present day remained silent as his sentence was handed down.

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