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Bulli rapist walks free

THE Bulli rapist, who terrorised the northern Illawarra over a nine-month period during the late 1980s, walked a free man from Silverwater Jail today.

Terry John Williamson attacked and raped 10 females aged from five to 43, as well as an 11-year-old Bulli boy, between 1989 and 1990.

Williamson, who spent 22 years behind bars for his horrendous crimes, was just 19 at the time. Now 42, he was released from jail under strict parole conditions, including being banned from setting foot in the Illawarra region.

As part of his parole, Williamson will be subject to:

  • electronic monitoring
  • undertake drug and alcohol testing
  • psychological counselling
  • comply with all directions regarding treatment and medication
  • Cannot contact his victims
  • Banned from contacting children under 16 without supervision
  • adhere to curfews.

As hysteria broke out during his reign of terror community leaders called public meetings, including meetings at the Bulli PCYC, which attracted hundreds of people.

The State parole Authority granted his release with strict reporting conditions after refusing parole for seven straight years.

His early release – two years before his full jail sentence – enabled strict parole conditions. If he was kept until his full date he would had been released without conditions.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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