Evil 8 paedophile Alfred Impicciatore's appeal dismissed over notorious WA child abuse case

Key points:

  • A girl was pimped out by her father between the ages of 10–13
  • Seven men admitted committing sex offences against the girl
  • Impicciatore was the only one of the group to challenge the charges

Alfred Impicciatore, one of the so-called Evil 8 paedophile ring, has lost an appeal against his conviction for abusing a young girl in one of Western Australia's most notorious child sex crimes.

He had been given a sentence of more than nine years for sexually abusing the girl who was aged between 10 and 13 at the time.

She was pimped out to several men by her father, who either remained while the abuse happened or participated in it.

Seven men — including the father — pleaded guilty to charges laid in relation to the investigation into the abuse.

Impicciatore, who was arrested in 2015, was the only one of the group to plead not guilty.

He appeared in court from Casuarina Prison via video link and when asked if he had anything to say in response to the finding said: "No".

Impicciatore was convicted after a trial was shown a video recorded interview he did with police after his arrest in May 2015, in which he admitted he had sex with the girl, but said her father had told him she was 17.

In his appeal against his conviction, he contended the video interview should not have been allowed as evidence in his trial because he did not participate voluntarily.

He said he was arrested in what he said was a "show of force", which he characterised as a "witch hunt".

Impicciatore also claimed he was misled into thinking he had spoken to a lawyer about whether he should participate in the interview.

Impicciatore's second ground of appeal was based on his "unlawful detention" by police beyond the six-hour limit, which the law stipulates.

If police want to extend a suspect's detention beyond that time, it has to be authorised by an officer not involved in the investigation, but in Impicciatore's case the approval was given by an officer who was involved.

During that extended time Impicciatore made confessions, which he said should have been ruled inadmissible.


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