ABC News WA Comment – sex offender sentencing

Jail term for sex offender applauded Updated Sat Jul 31, 2010 10:53am AEST Gary Narkle WA sex offender (ABC TV)

A victims of sexual abuse support group has applauded the lengthy jail term handed to repeat sex offender Gary Narkle. Narkle was yesterday jailed for a non-parole term of 10 years for the rape of a 40-year-old homeless man in 2009. Prosecutors have lodged an application with the sentencing judge which, if approved, would see Narkle jailed indefinitely. Cathy Kezelman from Adults Surviving Child Abuse says the sentence sends a strong message to the community about sex offending. “Sadly some people will offend sexually, but it is important that people realise that this crime will not be tolerated,” she said. Ms Kezelman says public safety must be of primary importance. “One needs to do whatever one can to rehabilitate people but some people are unable to be rehabilitated and I think it’s very important that people are protected,” she said.