Serial sex offender Wayne Wilmot granted NDIS support on release from prison

Caleb Runciman
The Nightly
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Wayne Wilmot is due to be released from prison under strict supervision, including electronic monitoring. Pictured:  Janine Balding
Wayne Wilmot is due to be released from prison under strict supervision, including electronic monitoring. Pictured: Janine Balding Credit: X formerly Twitter

A dangerous serial sex offender deemed at “well above average” risk of committing further crimes is about to be released back into the community with the aid of significant NDIS support.

Wayne Wilmot has spent most of his life behind bars after a series of attacks on women, including for his role in the 1980s kidnapping and rape of 20-year-old Janine Balding, who was later murdered by his co-conspirators.

Wilmot, who has been diagnosed with psychopathic traits, is due to be released from prison under strict supervision, including electronic monitoring and hours of NDIS support every week.

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It comes as another unnamed convicted sex offender reportedly qualified for an NDIS funding support package worth $1.4 million.

NSW Supreme Court documents reveal Mr Wilmot has obtained NDIS support that includes eight hours a week for assistance with daily life and 16 hours a week of support for assistance with “economic and community participation”.

He will also be granted access to behaviour and health support professionals.

Court documents say the NDIS support is among several supervisions aimed at protecting the community.

It is unknown if any protection will be granted to workers employed to assist Wilmot.

Wilmot was just 15 when he and four others abducted Ms Balding. He did not take part in her murder but he was convicted of her rape and kidnapping.

While prosecutors did not allege he raped her, he was held responsible due to his participation in the criminal act.

After being released on parole in 1996, he carried out attacks on four other women.

At age 25 he was jailed over a terrifying 1988 attack in which he tied the hands of a 19-year-old woman at a Sydney Train Station before blindfolding and sexually assaulting her.

Wilmot, now aged in his early 50s, has a history of sexual offending which started at age 13.

A psychological assessment ahead of Wilmot’s expected release said that the serial offender had no concern or empathy for other people while also posing a serious risk of reoffending.

Justice Helen Wilson cited a psychologist’s report that described him as a “recidivist sex offender, with persistent and frequent offending, using threats, weapons and violence as necessary.”

It said he was “supportive of sexual violence” towards women while also expressing a “sense of entitlement”. The report deemed that he posed a “well above average” risk of reoffending once released.

It comes as The Sydney Morning Herald reported that another convicted sex offender had qualified for an NDIS funding support package worth $1.4 million.

The man, 40, has been found guilty of rape, indecent acts against children under the age of 16, sexual assault, making and possessing child abuse material and stalking.

He has been diagnosed with personality disorder, paedophilic disorder, complex post‑traumatic stress disorder, Mild-to-medium intellectual disability and compulsive sexual behaviour disorder.

“Every Australian, regardless of any previous criminal conviction, is entitled to access support systems offered by government to help them live their life. Such supports may be crucial in reducing the risk of further re-offending,” an NDIA spokesperson told the SMH.

Several court records reportedly show how several high-risk, repeat offenders have been granted access to the scheme at the hands of judges or state authorities to assist with post-prison supervision.

Wilmot’s case will be heard before the High Risk Offender list judge this week.

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