Australian Media on Paganism
Witch jailed for teen sex
By Peter Gregory, chief court reporter
5th March, 1998, The Age
A self-proclaimed witch who sexually
abused and degraded two teenage girls and was prepared
for them to die rather than give evidence against
him was jailed yesterday for 10 years.
Justice David Harper said in the Supreme Court that
Robin Angus Fletcher, 42, was a serious sexual offender
who put two 15-year-old girls at risk of severe psychological,
physical and moral harm.
He fixed an eight-year minimum for Fletcher, who asserted
that his bondage and scourging of the girls was related
to ancient witchcraft rites.
Justice Harper said Fletcher's behavior, whether dressed
up in the clothes of religion or connected with his
professed concern for a vulnerable child in his charge,
matched the course that best advanced his selfish sexual
or financial interests.
Fletcher also tried, while in prison, to organise others
to do whatever was necessary, including murder, to stop
the girls from giving evidence against him at a committal
hearing, Justice Harper said.
He said earlier he would not find Fletcher wanted them
both dead, but that he would have proceeded with his
plans even if it meant one or both girls died.
He suspended a two-year sentence imposed on Fletcher's
former de facto wife, Helen Faye Stone, 43, who gave
information to undercover police.
Justice Harper said Fletcher had manipulated Stone,
a Chinese herbalist, who was at the time depressed and
gullible.. He said he was not persuaded that Stone was
aware both girls would be killed, but she was led to
believe one girl would receive attention.
Fletcher, formerly of Marara Road, Caulfield South,
pleaded guilty to two counts of committing an indecent
act with one girl, one count each of committing an indecent
act with and sexually penetrating the second girl and
a further count of entering an agreement in which she
would provide sex for payment.
He also pleaded guilty with Stone, formerly of the
same address, to attempting to pervert the course of
The prosecution said during pre-sentence submissions
that Fletcher, who had counselled one girl, showed her
pornography, supplied her with drugs and hit her with
a belt, riding crop and paddle while she was naked except
for a dog collar, wrist and ankle restraints.
He allegedly told her she was a "chosen one" according
to a Celtic prophesy and would be destroyed by gods
if she did not obey his demands.
Fletcher was said to have hit the other girl while
she wore a collar and restraints, had sex with her,
advertised over the Internet her services as a schoolgirl
prostitute offering sado-masochistic practices and had
her work in an Armadale unit as a prostitute.
Justice Harper said religious freedom and tolerance
were important, but they could not be used to cloak
the exploitation of children, and religion could not
be used as justification to pervert justice.