Sex offender Yow Yeh caught without rego
JAILED for nine months on sex offences, with his district court sentence suspended for two years after serving four months jail last year, Leon Yow Yeh came back before a judge for breaches of the sentence.
Yow Yeh, 30, received fines after pleading guilty in the lower court to new traffic offences, including driving unlicensed with no registration plates on his car in December.
He was then brought before the district court for that breach, and facing a charge of failing to report to police, as was his obligation under the Child Protection Offender Reporting Act.
Crown prosecutor Shauna Rankin told the court that while the original sexual offences were serious the recent offences (driving unlicensed) were not of a similar nature, except for his failure to report.
Defence barrister Tom Polley argued it would be unjust to order Yow Yeh to serve the five months, saying the breaches were very different to the original assaults.
He also spoke about Yow Yeh's childhood.
"He has suffered a heart attack and has had a triple-bypass," Mr Polley said.
"He has a sporadic work history in the times when he has not been incarcerated and has problems with alcohol and drugs from a young age."
Judge David Searles said he was satisfied it would be unjust to return him to jail as the offences were of a different (lesser) category, more trivial.
Instead, Judge Searles extended the operational period of his suspended sentence by 12 months and allowed Yow Yeh to go.
But not before Judge Searles asked him about Kevin Yow Yeh, saying he remembered the former Balmain Tigers player when he played in Queensland for the Redcliffe Dolphins in the 1960s.
"Yes, he was my uncle," Yow Yeh said.
His famous uncle died in custody in the 1970s.