A 54-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for luring two young children away from a North Perth child care facility and sexually abusing them, in a case the judge described as "abhorrent and reprehensible".
Vincenzo Mule claims he has no memory of what he did in April last year when — with the promises of treats and fun activities — he enticed the four-year-old girl and five-year-old boy away from the school holiday care centre.
He was captured on CCTV cameras leading the children to a granny flat at the back of his parents' home, where he gave them icy poles before abusing them in front of each other.
He then abandoned the girl and boy in the nearby Hyde Park, where they approached a woman who was having lunch and told her they had been taken by a man they did not know.
District Court Judge Simon Stone described Mule's crimes as "brazen, deliberate and persistent", saying he had gone to the childcare centre so he could access the children for his own sexual gratification.
Judge Stone also rejected Mule's claim that he had no memory of what he did, saying he was satisfied he was "feigning amnesia to avoid the consequences of his actions".
He told the court the long term psychological effects on the children was not known, but added that in victim impact statements, their parents had revealed the boy and girl were having nightmares and trust issues.
"Not a day goes by where we don't worry about the effects," wrote a parent of one of the children.
'Frightening ordeal': judge
Judge Stone said the crime was "a frightening ordeal" not only for the children, but for their parents and the workers at the childcare centre.
It was also revealed the children had to undergo what were describe as "painful" blood tests for sexually transmitted diseases.
Mule pleaded guilty in January to two charges of deprivation of liberty and three child sex charges.
He admitted the offences on the same day the boy and girl were due to pre-record their evidence for a trial.
Judge Stone said a lengthy sentence would be imposed as a deterrence to others, telling Mule there was "a need to protect children in the community from people with evil designs such as yours".
"Your conduct was abhorrent and reprehensible," he said.
Mule will have to serve eight years before he can be released on parole.
With time already served, he will be first eligible for release in April 2024.