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A lawn mower man who sexually terrorised women and children across northern New South Wales for six years is appealing against the severity of his 12-year prison sentence

by Dominga Sanor (2020-07-10)


A lawn mower man who sexually terrorised women and children across northern New South Wales for six years is appealing against the severity of his 12-year prison sentence. 

Dean Anthony Sellenthin - dubbed the 'Beast of Byron Bay' - stalked dozens of mostly female targets, filming them naked in bedrooms and bathrooms and stealing their underwear.

Among his victims was a blind 91-year-old woman who Sellenthin indecently assaulted while she slept on at least 10 separate nights over more than a year. 

He also raped three dogs 19 times in a spate of unchecked sexual offending which a judge described as covering a 'staggering' range of crimes.

Sellenthin was sentenced in the NSW District Court on May 15 to a maximum 16 years in jail with a non-parole term of 12 years.

On Monday he filed a notice of intention to appeal against the severity of that sentence in the Court of Criminal Appeal. 

Dean Anthony Sellenthin was jailed for 16 years over more than 80 offences including the aggravated sexual assault of a 91-year-old woman  and having sex with dogs.

Chocolate Waffles and CoffeeHe was sentenced on May 15 via audio-visual link from the Cessnock Correctional Complex

Dean Sellenthin's crime wave stretched through Byron Bay, Bangalow, Suffolk Park, Brunswick Heads, Mullumbimby, Upper Coopers Creek and Main Arm in northern NSW from 2011 to 2017

Sellenthin was living in this house in Bangalow on the NSW north coast when he waged a campaign of terror on local women and children. One woman he stalked for years has written of the trauma she suffered in a victim's impact statement tendered to the District Court

Sellethin, now 44, filmed all his offences and carefully catalogued the recordings so he could watch them again later to satisfy his perverted desires.

At the time he was arrested he was using the alias Tony Wilson and working for the Byron Bay Cookie Company, as well as running a gardening business. 

Sellenthin's crime wave stretched through Byron Bay, Bangalow, Suffolk Park, Brunswick Heads, Mullumbimby, Upper Coopers Creek and Main Arm from 2011 to 2017. 

Some of his victims were clients of his lawn mowing and handyman business but most were strangers he found by chance while out prowling.  

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Sellenthin raped three dogs in the Byron Bay district.

One of the dogs is pictured

One woman Sellenthin preyed upon over four years is still trapped at home in terror and fears she will take her own life.

Sellenthin recorded 19 videos and took 75 still photographs during a series of nighttime raids on the woman's home between January 2012 and December 2015.

The woman cannot raise her blinds for fear of being seen, hears noises outside her windows when no one is there and constantly checks her doors are locked at night. 

Detectives were able to identify 33 addresses where Sellenthin had filmed naked women and children or stolen underwear but there were at least a dozen more premises they could not locate precisely.

He stole more than 300 items of  underwear from clotheslines, washing machines, laundry baskets and bedroom drawers.

He even raided clothing bags left out for charities and lost and found baskets at three north coast laundromats. 

Sellenthin had previously been imprisoned in 2007 for 16 months over 87 similar offences and was on the child sex offender's register after his release.

Sellenthin was a lawn mower in Bangalow (pictured) on the NSW north coast.

Some of his victims were customers but most were strangers he found while out prowling 

A woman who was preyed upon over four years by sex offender Dean Sellenthin is still trapped at home in terror and fears she will take her own life.

Should you loved this information and you want to receive more information concerning insect and soil problems common to the Virginia Beach area; http://www.akama.com, please visit our own page. Sellenthin repeatedly let himself into the woman's home to film her in various states of undress and to steal her underwear. Stock image

It was during a compliance check on those registry conditions that police finally discovered Sellenthin had not only returned to offending but escalated his crimes.

In November 2017 police attended Sellenthin's Bangalow home and found child abuse material on a Lenevo laptop. 

Upon that discovery Sellenthin pulled out the bottom drawer of his bedside table and removed another HP laptop, hard drives and numerous USBs and memory cards, telling police: 'You're going to find it anyway'.

Further searches on Sellenthin's home revealed women's underwear - some still in its packaging - as well as three digital cameras and more electronic storage devices. 

Among the files detectives located was a document titled 'candid forums 1' which Sellenthin had submitted to an online group for men interested in voyeurism and stealing women's underwear.

Sellenthin repeatedly broke into the home of blind 91-year-old woman and sexually and indecently assaulted her while she slept.

The woman did not wake during the attacks. Stock image 

The catalogued files of videos and still images had names such as 'daughter_just washed_still wet', 'eldest daughter_babe' and and 'gran_91years_3'.

'The images and video files displayed largely females of all ages in various stages of undress,' an agreed statement of police facts said. 

'Some were engaged in intimate or private acts such as sexual intercourse, using the toilet, showering etc.

'It was clear these images had been taken covertly by the offender through uncovered windows and the like.

'On many of the video files there is audio of the offender making comments to himself consistent with sexual arousal from what he is filming.'

While filming two naked girls aged ten and 12 through a window Sellenthin was recorded saying, 'oh my god', 'that's beautiful', and 'that's the oldest - whoa'.

Lawn mower man Dean Sellenthin broke into homes and stole hundreds of pairs of women's and children's underwear for his sexual gratification. Stock image

While filming another woman and her daughters he said, 'there's mumma', 'phew, she's hot - even without the makeup' and 'here we f***ing go'. 

Sellenthin's worst offending was against an elderly woman whose home he repeatedly invaded over 14 months to film himself sexually assaulting her.