Townsville man sentenced over payments to group that enabled parental custody child abduction


An 84-year-old Townsville man has been convicted and sentenced over payments to a person associated with a parental custody child abduction ring.

Over a six-month period in 2018, Arthur Ernest Doubleday transferred $1,500 to the criminal group which enabled disgruntled parents to abduct their children from the other parent, a court has heard.

The group also facilitated the publication of private Family Court documents on the internet, which was the service Doubleday paid for.

He was convicted of dealing with money that would be an instrument of crime.

In the District Court in Townsville, Magistrate Scott Luxton said Doubleday's payments to the known abduction ring "facilitated the publication of material" and "showed a lack of regard for the court".

The former businessman, who had no previous criminal history, entered an early guilty plea, which the Magistrate considered when handing down a non-custodial sentence.

While the guilty plea was entered in February, Magistrate Luxton said the sentencing had been delayed due to coronavirus restrictions affecting the court.

Doubleday was convicted and given an 18-month good behaviour order.

In sentencing, Magistrate Luxton said the elderly man's actions were "misguided" and that those affected by the publication of material "would struggle to this day".

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