Perth paedophile who abused friends’ sons has sentence appeal thrown out

Perth paedophile who abused friends’ sons has sentence appeal thrown out

A man who sexually abused his friends’ children and is considered “well above average risk” of reoffending had his sentence appeal thrown out of a Perth court.

Matthew Robert Underwood was convicted in March of various sex offences committed against two boys, aged eight and 13, between November 2016 and February 2017 at his Perth home.

Underwood, who was 38 at the time of the crimes, was sentenced to nine years and six months behind bars, which the WA Court of Appeal ruled on Friday was not unreasonable or plainly unjust.

The court heard he had also sexually offended against three girls, who were the daughters of his friends, in 2008 and 2009.

He was jailed for four-and-a-half years for those crimes.

In a psychological report, Underwood was described as posing a “well above average” risk of sexually reoffending, while the judge who sentenced him for his latest crimes said he had a complete lack of insight into the offending.

The judge said his completion in 2011 of a sex offender program did not “stand in the way” of his having repeatedly reoffended when he had the opportunity.