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Adelaide pedophile music teacher Malcolm Winston Day sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing students

Written by Javed Iqbal

A pedophile music teacher who sexually abused his students has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison, with the judge describing his actions as “disgusting” and “shameful”.

The South Australian District Court has ruled that Malcolm Winston Day, now 80, will die in prison after escaping punishment for his crimes for decades.

After he was recently convicted and jailed for sexually abusing a young student in the 1980s, another victim showed up who had become an infidel at the time.

Judge Jo-Anne Deuter strongly condemned Days’ crimes and his subsequent denial to authorities.

“You presented to the world as a respected music teacher, a prominent citizen and a family man, but this was a show based on a whole life of lies,” she said.

The court heard that Day was being investigated by the education department in the 1980s, but denied any wrongdoing and the department found the allegations unproven.

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Judge Jo-Anne Deuter sentenced Day to a total of 20 years and six months.(ABC News)

Judge Deuter said it was a sad fact that sexual offenses “were often swept under the rug” at the time.

She said the victim was a promising young musician whose life had been forever changed by Days of Predation.

“She has borne the burden of your abuse and lies for over 40 years,” Judge Deuter said.

The court heard that the victim had struggled with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder and turned away from the music after the violation, which was a loss she also had to mourn.

“You poisoned her future for your own pleasure, and then you continued to lie about it during the education department’s investigation,” Judge Deuter said.

The court heard that Day had a long and successful career as a music teacher and musician and was still supported by peers who gave character references to the court, including one who said Day was an “honorable” man and another who described the insult as a “lack of judgment”.

Judge Deuter said she was concerned about the judges ‘lack of insight into the offenders, and some said the crimes took place at a time in Days’ life when he was “directionless” and in a “downward spiral” during his breakup.

“I make it very clear that the law does not, nor do I consider the reasons put forward by your judges as reasons to sexually abuse children,” she said.

Judge Deuter said despite Day’s apology that she did not accept that he fully understood the wrongfulness of his crimes.

“I’m still concerned about your lack of insight into the impact your behavior has had on your victim or your lack of insight into how in a position of trust as a teacher it is completely wrong and disgusting to encourage a sexual relationship with a student,” said Judge Deuter.

Day, who witnessed the sentencing via a video link from the jail, sat with his head bowed for most of the court hearing.

After giving a rebate for Day’s guilty plea, the judge added another eight and a half years to his current sentence.

Day’s new prison sentence is 20 years and six months, with a release period of 14 years.

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