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"He wanted to change back to the original family name and wanted to move on," he said.
Marc Bruce Tally, 28, of Bundaberg West, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday to one charge of attempting to change his name as a reportable offender.s northern suburbs has been hit with a nine-year prison sentence.Phillip Taupin, 32, stalked his victims on bike paths and parkland through the Darebin, Reservoir and Coburg areas in 2011, 2012 and January this year, indecently assaulting women and girls as young as 15, the County Court heard today.Several victims were pushed to the ground and sexually assaulted or molested by Taupin, who on occasions rode a small motorbike around the females and wore a full-face helmet to hide his identity.In August 2011, armed with a pair of broken scissors which he held to one victims throat, Taupin subjected a young woman to a protracted and violent rape in which the female feared for her safety and felt compelled to comply with his demands, the court was told.The victim used all her wavering strength to fight off her attacker before being raped.
In her victim impact statement read to court, the woman said she now felt self blame, worthlessness, guilt and had considered ending her life.
Mr Highland said Tally then contacted the Bundaberg Police Station to ask how to go about seeking permission.
"My client prior to this matter has complied in every respect in relation to his obligations under the act," he said. so it's not simply a name he's picked out of the air." Mr Highland said his client planned to move interstate because he had been offered a job as the assistant manager of a bowling alley.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Fiona Ward said Tally became a reportable offender under the Child Protection Act last year after being convicted of having a consensual relationship with a girl under the age of consent.
Snr Const Ward said Tally had been issued with and signed two sets of paperwork concerning his rights and obligations as a reportable offender, which were also explained to him - one of those being that he had to seek consent from the Commissioner before trying to change his name.
She applauded the courage of the female victims who spoke out about the abuse and fought Taupin during the assaults, saying they were not powerless and the court had heard their voices.