Maggie Kirkpatrick, The FREAK from Prisoner, appeals against conviction on child sex offences


A joke of a sentence for the freak, with all respect, had been married but known to be gay. Seeking to feed inner fantasy’s back in the day maybe? Either way took advantage of a young vulnerable girl

Maggie Kirkpatrick, Prisoner star, appeals against conviction on child sex offences

21/08/15

Australian actor Maggie Kirkpatrick, who starred as “The Freak” in the hit television show Prisoner, has filed an appeal over her conviction on child sex offences committed 31 years ago.

Maggie Kirkpatrick, Prisoner star, found guilty of child sex offences

Maggie Kirkpatrick, Prisoner star, found guilty of child sex offences

Kirkpatrick, 74, was found guilty of two charges of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency with a 14-year-old girl at Kirkpatrick’s Prahran home in 1984, after picking up the teenager from a psychiatric hospital.

Her lawyer said Kirkpatrick maintains her innocence.

The case is set to return to court on September 11.

Kirkpatrick was earlier given an 18-month community corrections order, meaning she would serve her sentence in the community, not prison.

The actor would also be required to complete 100 hours of community service and would be placed on the sex offenders’ register for eight years.

In sentencing, magistrate Peter Mealy said Kirkpatrick had shown no remorse for her actions.

“The victim here was a vulnerable 14-year-old child. The defendant would have known her to be especially vulnerable in view of her being an inpatient at a psychiatric [hospital],” he said.

“The defendant has had the opportunity of watching the unedifying spectacle of the [victim] recounting the offending and being subjected to extensive and vigorous cross examination.

“All along to this point the defendant showed no remorse instead simply protesting at a distance to, in her terms, the untrue and malicious allegations.”

The court was earlier told the victim had not reported the abuse until 2013 because she thought everyone would think she was crazy.

The court heard the teenager had organised a meeting with the actor through a person she met while admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Kew, in Melbourne’s inner east.

Kirkpatrick collected the girl from the hospital and then the pair went back to the actor’s home and shared a meal.

The court heard the pair then ended up in Kirkpatrick’s bedroom, where the abuse took place, before the girl was taken back to the hospital.

In a recorded police interview shown in court, Kirkpatrick maintained she had taken the girl home for dinner but did not abuse her.

She said she was giving the teenager “a day out” in an act of “kindness”.


Maggie Kirkpatrick, Prisoner star, found guilty of child sex offences

Updated yesterday at 8:06pm

Australian actor Maggie Kirkpatrick, who starred as “The Freak” in the hit television show Prisoner, has been found guilty of child sex offences committed 31 years ago.

Kirkpatrick, 74, had denied the two charges of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency with a person under 16.

The court was told on Wednesday that the victim, who cannot be named, was abused at Kirkpatrick’s Prahran home in 1984.

Kirkpatrick was well known for her role as a prison warden in the popular 1980s television series Prisoner.

Today, Magistrate Peter Mealy found her accuser was “a witness of truth”.

Kirkpatrick’s bail was extended and will now be assessed for a Community Corrections Order, meaning she is unlikely to be given a prison term.

She will be sentenced on Friday.

The court had earlier been told the victim had not reported the abuse until 2013 because she thought everyone would think she was crazy.

It was told the teenager had organised a meeting with the actor in 1984 through a person she met while admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Kew, in Melbourne’s inner east.

Kirkpatrick collected the girl from the hospital and then the pair went back to the actor’s home and shared a meal.

The pair then ended up in Kirkpatrick’s bedroom, where the alleged abuse took place, before the girl was taken back to the hospital.

Kirkpatrick told police charges were ‘false and malicious’

In a recorded police interview shown in court, Kirkpatrick said she had taken the girl home for dinner but did not abuse her.

She said she was giving the teenager “a day out” in an act of “kindness”.

She told police she had sent the girl away in a taxi after she caught her raiding her alcohol cabinet and “felt I should put a stop to it”.

Later in the interview said she “did not have anything to say other than they’re false and malicious in my mind”.

“These [accusations] are making me feel quite ill,” she told police.

A high school friend of the victim told the hearing that the girl was a “big fan” of the TV show at the time.

The husband of the victim said his wife had raised the abuse after she became uncomfortable during an “intimate” conversation.

“She told me that she’d been invited to a person’s place or a lady’s place and that person was the nasty one on Prisoner … she just said that … some sexual things happened but she didn’t elaborate,” he said.


Maggie Kirkpatrick: Alleged child sexual abuse victim of TV star had ‘Prisoner obsession’

Updated Wed at 5:20pm

The woman who has accused a star of the hit Australian television drama Prisoner of abusing her as a child was a “big fan” of the show, a Melbourne court has heard.

Maggie Kirkpatrick, 74, has denied two charges of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency with a person under 16.

She was well-known for her role as a prison warden nicknamed “The Freak” in the popular 1980s television series.

Detective Senior Constable Katherine Mitchell told the court the alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told police she had been abused by Kirkpatrick at the actor’s Prahran home when she was 14.

It allegedly took place in 1984.

In a statement read to the court, the alleged victim said she had not reported the abuse until two years ago because everyone would think she was crazy.

It said the victim had organised meeting the actor through a person she met while she had been admitted to the Newhaven psychiatric hospital in Kew.

It was alleged that Kirkpatrick collected the victim from the hospital and took her back to Kirkpatrick’s home, where they shared a meal.

She said the pair then ended up in Kirkpatrick’s bedroom, where the alleged abuse took place.

The victim said she was then given a yellow coloured jumper and a signed photograph and driven back to the hospital.

You have astonished me with those allegations… it’s beyond comprehension.

She also told police she recalled Kirkpatrick being most disappointed as she was not sexually experienced.

The court was shown Kirkpatrick’s videotaped police interview, in which she admitted taking the teenager back to her home for dinner but denied abusing her.

The actor said she sent the girl away in a taxi after she caught her raiding her alcohol cabinet.

“It was a kindness to give her a day out,” Kirkpatrick said during the interview.

“I then became a tad uncomfortable as while I was cooking and having a glass of wine, she decided to get into the alcohol in the dining room… I felt I should put a stop to it.”

Kirkpatrick initially waived her right not to answer any questions but later said she “did not have anything to say other than they’re false and malicious in my mind”.

“These [accusations] are making me feel quite ill,” she said.

“You have astonished me with those allegations… it’s beyond comprehension.”

Victim told husband of alleged abuse years later

A witness told the hearing that the alleged victim was a “big fan” of the TV show when she was a teenager.

The witness said she became high school friends with the alleged victim and remembered visiting her when she was in hospital.

She recalled the alleged victim telling her she had met Kirkpatrick.

“By my memory it was when she was at Newhaven and I don’t recall any of the particulars, just her making reference to it and her being very excited,” the witness said.

“The only thing I recall was an invitation [for her] to go somewhere … with Maggie.

“I remember that she was a big fan of the show and watched it religiously and would often refer to what she’d seen in the show, different episodes.”

The witness agreed with defence suggestions describing the alleged victim as having a “Prisoner obsession” and being a “Prisoner freak”.

The husband of the alleged victim told the court that his wife became uncomfortable during an “intimate” conversation they had in the mid 2000s.

“She told me that she’d been invited to a person’s place or a lady’s place and that person was the nasty one on Prisoner … she just said that … some sexual things happened but she didn’t elaborate,” he said.

Kirkpatrick did not comment to reporters outside court.

The hearing before Magistrate Peter Mealy is continuing.


 

17 thoughts on “Maggie Kirkpatrick, The FREAK from Prisoner, appeals against conviction on child sex offences

    • Actor Jeremy Kewley is facing charges at the moment. I heard the Royal Commission will be looking at the acting industry. Should be interesting. I wonder if the one who stopped us getting a Royal Commission 10 years ago will get a mention?

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    • Such a proud era in TV history hey!

      I would say there are dozens more, some not so famous, but they all thought they were untouchable. So as hurtful as it is, I encourage the victims to speak out. Contact the police or someone you really trust. I can even facilitate with them for you. Write to me, they make me sick, as a abuse victim in my childhood!

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    • augy, that’s exactly what I thought!! I can barely believe it, a FEMALE SEXUAL PREDATOR??? And how about the slap on the wrist, she got? I hope the Crown appeals. Wonder why they went so easy on her? It’s as if they condone it.

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  1. Interesting isn’t it, who would have thought… Maggie Kirkpatrick may now become really more hated than her fictional Prisoner warden role :, she was so good at! All the same these woman were good actors, like Vinegars Tits, Vera Bennett vs the Freak and Bea Smith, it was a good series in the 80’s, the tough old Wentworth Detention Centre. I have to say, I was hooked on the series in the 80’s.
    The modern Wentworth on Foxtell , is supposed to be pretty good also with the screws really wearing Victoria Prison Service uniforms, and even tougher than the 1980’s Prisoner, are well, they were in their day good actors you just loved to hate.
    But sadly like the Hey Dad star, has tarnished watching these old shows. The same with Rolf Harris, who would have in the day thought he was a sex predator. he even fooled the Queen painting her portrait. I grew up with Six White Boomers, Tie me kangaroo down sport and Jake the Peg and Rolfs records playing in my childhood, It’s was no surprise that the 1970’s Jimmy Savile and Gary Glitter were sleaze bags. But unfortunately sex offenders and show business celebrities are shocking many of us with their skeleton closet, hidden pasts.
    Some classic Flashbacks on Prisoner’s nasty harsh Joan Ferguson the Freak.
    :After They Were Famous – Villain’s – Val Lehman & Maggie Kirkpatrick from Prisoner Cell Block H. – She’s now a real life villain.
    :Maggie Kirkpatrick on Celebrity Squares (Joan Ferguson from Prisoner Cell Block H). – “I locked them up darling”.

    :Prisoner Cell Block H – Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson’s Introduction.
    :Prisoner Cell Block H : Vera Meets Joan. – 2mins .30, “They jumped me from behind”.
    :Prisoner: Cell Block H – Vinegar Tits.
    :Prisoner: Cell Block H – Ann Slaps Joan.
    :Prisoner: Cell Block H – Bea Bashes Joan.
    :Prisoner: Cell Block H – Joan Beats Up Ruth.
    :Prisoner: Cell Block H – Lisa’s Black Glove Treatment.
    :Prisoner: Cell Block H – “Ferguson is at Wentworth for a Long Time Yet!”
    :Prisoner: Cell Block H – The Freak’s Midnight Walk. – Bea maybe has finally got justice on the Freak in 2015.
    :Prisoner: Cell Block H – “We’re Gonna Be Very Good Friends!”
    :Prisoner> Cell Block H – Joan Taunts Bea.
    :Lynne Hamilton – On the Inside (Theme from Prisoner: Cell Block H).
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
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  2. It is dissapointing to hear of another horrible situation involving another celebrity. Her names been dragged through the mud by the media scrum thats irreversable and has spread overseas her future chances on stage I prosume will be nil. These victims hang on 30 freakin years later whats with that. Whats with the carers of the girl at the time allowing a 14 yr old with a psychiatric condition to go to a persons house regardless of who they are, anyway it came across as though even her parents were unaware of their 14 yr old whereabouts until later. Whats with keeping the accuser incognito she fired the bullets but is now being shielded. Even though I dont condone Maggies actions I was suprised with the outcome considering the girl had and maybe still has a mental condition. If the girl described her as ( the nasty one )out of Prisoner why would she want to go with her as a 14 yr old Id be terrified to go to her house. It was a bad decision to allow this on the hospital carers part. Oh well the outcome was she wont be serving her punishment in Prison reversing the very role she played.

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  3. All can say if these famous actors or musician’s are sex offending creeps, they deserve to go on the sex offenders register. 30 year ago or not. That Hey Dad -Robert Hughes is getting a lot of abuse in jail, but apart from famous actors or entertainers, it is just a pity every single last one of them out there under new aliases, and getting a slap on the wrist, were not made more public on the media and the internet for all Australians to be wary off. So we all know who they are, every single one of them, when they are set free again on parole, instead of them being quietly kept a secret from the community to protect them.

    Also how many really dangerous known and unknown sex offending creeps are there today out there living amongst us secretly doing Community Based Correction Orders or being granted by the pathetic rehabilitation excuse for parole boards and prisons, and very quietly set them back in the community, as they believe are rehabilitated reformed normal citizens again. This dangerous past of Sean Price, for example, the parole board have learnt nothing from the Adrian Ernest Bayley rape murder on parole. This well known of bad behaviour of Price in Port Phillip Prison and the Thomas Embling criminal mental asylum , should have been setting off major alarm bells for years to the Victorian Adult Parole Board and Corrections Victoria, and Victoria Police, but no it wasn’t, now there unaccountability has again been directly responsible for innocent Masa to be murdered because of this violent insane creep. The system seriously doesn’t want to toughen up on predators or it would.

    This legal systems pisses me off so much, but what can we do to change things. The magistrates and Judges are not listening because their lot are never victims of violent crimes or murders. They all live in the safety of their high life ivory towers, while victims of serious violent and endless daily property and drug crime is increasing at a shocking rate. But these legal eagles, put criminal rehabilitation before locking away and throwing away the key on crims. There is no punishment. And a community based order is no real punishment.

    I have heard they rock up in a bus, stand around smoking, do a bit of work, then back on the bus. And that’s there hard labour for the day. At least in jail the loose some of their liberty for a short time. Anyway I doubt the Freak will be made work to hard on her CCO. When the justice system can’t even force the likes of Price, Dupas and Bayley to do hard time and hard labour. Her biggest shame will be that every one knows in her profession what she has alleged to have done now. She would also have been a target in woman’s prison. After her notorious acting role I would think. Not defending what she has done, but there is far worse crims out at the moment doing Community Correction Orders.
    In fact its frightening and disappointing for victims of crime, how the courts lets some of these violent thugs do CCO, rather than send them to jail. Especially these scumbag violent ice addicts, that violently seriously assault innocent people and courts are still being very lenient on these arseholes, these days with a your been a bad boy and just a light slap on the wrist.

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    • So we don’t need to worry about the boring old rules of evidence then. Whew thank goodness for that. So when someone you knew 30 years ago accuses you of molesting them their word is sufficient. Don’t need any other evidence or corroborating witness testimony (i.e this case). You quite comfortable with that? Someone is guilty no matter how stupid or insane the law is. If so I think I have a rough idea what your IQ range is.
      Don’t confuse the law with justice. The law is a man made fiction. Justice is what happens to people who falsely accuse others.

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      • Everyone has a presumption of innocence and for Maggie to have to endure such an allegation and incur sentence without proof and on the word of a psychiatric patient at that is beyond belief. The fact she is a confessed Prisoner “freak” could be assumed as a reason to lay such charges in an attempt to be more involved in an element of the Prisoner history?

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  4. I was curious about this case so I did some digging. What I found was simply mind boggling. How does a person get convicted on the basis of single witness (the complainant!) testimony without any corroborating evidence? The shocker. In Australia this is not unusual at all. It’s an accepted legal principle!! Keep in mind these are cases that in most countries in the world a charge wouldn’t even be laid let alone get to court. There seems to be this notion with sexual crimes in Australia that the more abhorrent the crime the more guilty you are before the case even begins. That’s not law. That’s a witch hunt. Consider this against the fact that the principle of “beyond reasonable doubt” does apply in Australia. If the only evidence is the complaining witnesses testimony how on earth can you be convicted beyond reasonable doubt? It’s simply impossible by definition if your only evidence is the word of one single other person and that same person has for whatever reason a vested interest in seeing you convicted. So before we all rush off in shock and gossip about what a nasty person Maggie is. Consider this. Anybody who once knew you could accuse you of this at anytime in your life (say you become famous and you have money) and if they can spin a good enough story you could be convicted! This is completely insane! You might as well have trial by combat or some other medieval notion of guilt determination. Any school teachers out there? This woman’s life and reputation has been destroyed on the basis of one single persons word with no corroborating evidence.

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  5. Essentially the law in Australia (sexual offences) that states you can be convicted without any evidence other than the uncorroborated witness testimony of one person. And when the person is convicted we all run around like they are actually guilty. LOL. We have become the sheeple.
    Good luck. Hope it doesn’t happen to one of you and you are innocent. Some girl maybe that you pissed off 20 years ago. Maybe a student you failed or refused her sexual advances?

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  6. I was waiting for some other intelligent comments to add to this mind boggling situation Im balancing on tightrope.One thing I do know is the media are definate arseholes they are the ones that will destroy a persons reputation because they can, every night all I heard on the channel 9 news was the Freak instead of this womans real name I thought about this, the media sucking us in to relating this with her prisoner role all those years ago what the hell has the series she acted in have to do with now this is how stupid the media are get over Prisoner for christ sake and as I said above this was freakin 30 years ago to top it off this was a mentally disturbed 14 year old an actual patient in a psychiatric hospital. The truth or not the truth. It all hangs in the balance. Life doesnt it. You never know when some c..t is going to pull the rug from under you. You just have to be ready for anything in this shit society today.

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  7. That’s like the 20 year-old bloke that wants to sue Parks Victoria, because he slipped of a Mt Buffalo waterfall and badly injured himself, and blames Parks Victoria for enticing “adventurous” people to the attraction and they should have warned him the rocks and swimming hole on and near the National Park Eurobin Falls, that they were slippery causing him to fall.
    What a dickhead idiot loser. All waterfalls in National Parks are slippery, that’s why they are waterfalls. In fact a footpath or street gutter is more slippery in the rain. He has accused Parks Victoria and took them to the Supreme court, with a good lawyer of enticing active and adventurous members of the public to the national park but failing to prevent those who maybe distracted from seeing warning signs from unwittingly entering dangerous areas.
    Well last time I visited a waterfall I didn’t go and swim near it and fall of it. Next Parks Victoria will stop people entering these natural attractions because of this tosser, if he successfully sue them for a big payout. The world gone sue mad crazy. We should be able to sue this young idiots when they go dangerously speeding and doing drag racing burnouts in the streets. Now that is dangerous. And these young bulletproof idiots think its a cool and a joke. drag racing on the roads. As for this Prison star being set up, who knows. I saying know more on the subject.
    Why wait 30 years, but I guess 30 years ago, know one took it serious, as the Royal Commission into institutional child abuse has shown. The hey Dad bloke and Rolf Harris, maybe there framed also. But sex crimes are not easy to investigate, whether they happened or not. That why the accused needs to get a lawyer, a real good one!… As for the comment above about LAW and JUSTICE. The JUSTICE for the Victims of Crime, is there is no justice. Sean Christian Price and Adrian Bayley violent contempt for societies laws are proof if that. But I’m saying this because I don’t have the high IQ, of a Lawyer or Judge. So that makes me a fucking idiot also and I’m proud of it and my idiot low IQ. It’s still higher than that of the No Justice and plenty of unaccountable LAW an IN-JUSTICE of , …The Victorian Adult Parole Board and their deadly run of failures.
    :The Cruel Sea ~ Better Get A Lawyer. – Better get a real good one!….Don’t drop the soap! Your gonna need a good one to get you out of this one!

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  8. Oddly enough I dont believe she did this.
    I too am AN abuse victim (not "a" abuse victim) and I tend to be able to pick up on a kiddie fiddler straight away. Personally knowing some of the background of the victim I will dare to say there will is more to this than meets the eye ast he truth always comes out.
    Tis pretty scary when someone can accuse someone of molestation and fabricate a story and all the bleeding hearts believe them and then the accused gets their life ruined. Unfortunately when the truth comes out about this one it will make it so much harder for genuine victims to come forward.
    Maybe I should go to the police and tell them about my abuse from 35 years ago ? It wasnt by anyone famous and the perpetrator is now dead so really what will it solve and even if he
    d been alive I doubt that I could have made it stick.
    I hope Ms Kirkpatrick appeals this and I would love to hear the victim`s story. Honestly I know most of these cases are true and proven to be so but as I reiterate knowing some of the background on this case it makes me woder what exactly happened and why someone would bring it up after 30 odd years with no other victimes coming forward.

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