10 years jail for child-sex witch
5th March, 1998 - Herald Sun
A SORCERER'S evil spell was broken yesterday when he
was jailed for 10 years for crimes against two young
girls and the justice system.
Self-proclaimed witch Robin Angus Fletcher looked dismayed
as Justice David Harper told him he had used pagan ritual
as an excuse for kinky sex.
Fletcher, 42, had also claimed his Wiccan religion
allowed him to use any means, including death, to stop
the girls giving evidence against him.
"Religion can never be a cloak for the sexual exploitation
of children," the judge said. "It cannot be used as
a justification for the perverting of justice."
The sentence brought to an end an extraordinary case
of suburban witchcraft, astral travelling, pagan rites,
reincarnation and teenage rebellion.
Fletcher virtually enslaved two troubled 15-year-old
girls who came to him for counselling and used black
magic and mumbo jumbo to entice them into prostitution
He fed them drugs and used mind-altering techniques
and hypnotism to dupe them into believing kinky sexual
acts – in which they were tied up and whipped – were
He also advertised one of the girls on the Internet
as a "submissive teen schoolgirl ... bruisable and will
take belt and paddle ... wears dog collar and nipple
Outside the court, Det-Sgt Wayne Harvey agreed the
investigation had been bizarre.
"He practiced a version of witchcraft that he claimed
was an authentic form of paganism," he said.
"(But) he used it to cloak the sexual exploitation
of children. Most responsible mainstream witches or
pagans are appalled by what Mr Fletcher's been up to."
Justice Harper jailed Fletcher for a minimum of eight
years. He said his crimes placed the girls at grave
risk of lasting psychological damage.
Fletcher's former de facto wife, Faye Helen Stone,
43, received a two-year jail term, suspended for two
years. She was part of Fletcher's plot to try to silence
the victims after he was arrested on sex charges, including
In sentencing, Justice Harper said Fletcher was a serious
sexual offender because of the humiliation and degradation
the girls suffered. "You bound your victims by hand
and placed a dog collar around their necks," he told
"This was done as antecedent to and separate from the
indecent acts, namely whipping the naked victim's backside."
The judge said he did not accept the prosecution case
that Fletcher wanted the girls murdered after his arrest.
But he tried to arrange for them to be prevented from
giving evidence at his committal hearing, even if it
meant the death of one or both of them.
Fletcher and Stone, both formerly of Marara Rd, Caulfield
South, pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course
Fletcher also admitted three charges of committing
an indecent act with a child under the age of 16, a
charge of sexual penetration of a child aged between
10 and 16, and a charge of prostituting a child.
The judge said the self-proclaimed witch had a measure
of kindness and compassion in his nature.
"Too often the best side of your character has been
concealed behind a fog of muddled thoughts associated
with your professed status as a witch," he said.
When Fletcher gave evidence at his plea hearing it
started with a weird ritual and became weirder.
He refused to swear on the Bible and, after a debate,
was allowed to take an oath with his hand on a charred
stick he called a borstel.
Fletcher drew on books including the Witches Bible
to try to show there was nothing unusual in pagan ritual
about stripping, whipping and sexual gratification.
It wasn't much different, he said, to rituals such as
those used by Masonic orders.
One of his more outlandish claims was that one of the
teenagers was the reincarnation of a Celtic priestess
and the other girl was her hand-maiden.
In what was perhaps his most revealing moment, Fletcher
admitted he had made a terrible mistake, and added:
"Maybe I was crazy."
Fletcher is an intelligent man and completed two years
of a university course and two years in a Catholic theological