Toowoomba sex offender sees his appeal dismissed

A TOOWOOMBA sex offender remains a sex offender after a late bus, a computer virus and decision to not show up to court resulted in his appeal being dismissed.  

The Brisbane Court of Appeal on Thursday rejected Clinton Roy Grantham's plea to have his September 2015 conviction for indecent treatment of a child under 16 overturned.

In their judgment, justices Margaret McMurdo, Peter Lyons and Anthe Philippides dismissed Grantham's claim that the conviction was "unreasonable" and "inconsistent with the verdicts of acquittal".

While Grantham instigated the appeal, he had ongoing issues with actually attending to present his arguments.

The case was listed for hearing in February but Grantham asked for it to be adjourned so he could find a lawyer to represent him.

The court directed that he file his outline of argument by 4pm on March 1, but he did not comply.

The court gave him until March 30 to explain why the case should not be struck out.

Grantham failed to front the three Brisbane justices at the allotted time on that day but he did turn up a few hours later claiming his "bus from Toowoomba was late".

The matter was re-listed for hearing on April 19 at his request.

This time Grantham made it to the courtroom, but he had no argument to present because "a computer virus deleted" his submissions.

The appeal was rescheduled for June 13 but the hapless criminal did not send his outline of argument to the court.
Court officers did their best track him down at his given phone number, email and address but had no luck so the court had no choice but to end the matter.

"The position is that he had been given every indulgence by the court to prepare his matter for hearing or to progress the matter or even - it was even open to him, of course, today, to simply come along and make oral submissions, but he has chosen not to do so," Justice McMurdo said in the appeal judgement.

"In the circumstances, the only appropriate order is that the appeal be dismissed for want of prosecution." - ARM NEWSDESK


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