Paedophile sells house then flies to US same day as victims seek compensation in court

Convicted paedophile Mitchell Fox taken in the 1990s Photo: Supplied The Northbridge home sold by Mitchell Fox. Photo: Supplied

The Northbridge home sold by Mitchell Fox. Photo: Supplied

A convicted paedophile has left Australia for the US on the same day a compensation case by two alleged victims was listed for a Supreme Court hearing.

Paedophile Mitchell Bruce Fox was released from jail on October 28, having served four-and-a-half-years after pleading guilty to offences against young boys. He was part of the notorious Robert “Dolly” Dunn circle operating in Sydney in the 1970s and ’80s.

Judge Michael King said Fox, a former partner in the Pink Panther printing business, was introduced to the boys by other members of the ring,  who had “groomed” the boys to participate in sexual activity with men.

When sentencing Fox in 2011, Judge King said he had pleaded guilty to seven charges after his lawyer, in “a desperate last roll of the dice”, failed in a bid to have each victim give evidence in a separate trial.

Fox was released by the Department of Corrective Services into the hands of Immigration. He was originally from the US so Immigration had taken away his visa and wanted to kick him out of the country. He couldn’t legally remain here.

Fox, however, said he wanted to stay and would appeal the decision to extradite him. Consequently he was held in solitary confinement in Villawood pending what was likely to be a slow appeal process.

But then he seemed to have a dramatic change of mind. On November 23, he was flown out of Sydney back to the US of his own accord.

A Department of Immigration and Border Protection spokeswoman said the Australian Border Force works with international partners to ensure the safe and secure return of their citizens from immigration detention in Australia.

“Where lawfully able to, the Australian government will disclose relevant information to receiving counties to assist and facilitate this process; as occurred in this case,” she said.

But there were further developments.

Also on November 23, with Fox on his way to the US, a case was listed for directions at the Supreme Court.

Two of the boys, now grown men, who say they were abused by Fox are seeking compensation. The next day, a property Fox co-owned with a partner in Cliff Avenue, Northbridge and described as offering “sophisticated contemporary living”, sold for $2.15 million, two days before the scheduled auction date.

The house was built on the grounds of a property Fox and his partner bought for $1.1 million in 2001. The original house sold for $1.95 million in June this year.

Fox’s lawyer did not return calls from Fairfax Media.

The lawyers for the two men said they were unable to say anything at such a sensitive point in the case.

Karen Lindley NSW spokeswoman for advocacy group Bravehearts said it appeared to be a very considered chain of events leading to the decision by Fox to finally return to the US.

“I hope the parents of the children where he is going are well aware of the true nature of the beast,” she said. “More then 30 years on his victims are totally traumatised and unable to move on with their lives.”

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