250kg sex offender asks court for leniency
An obese sex offender is asking for leniency from the District Court because he weighs 250kg and is at risk of losing limbs to diabetes, a judge has been told.
Danny Boyd Miller plied two girls, aged only 13 and 14, with methamphetamine before abusing them at his home in Osborne.
District Court Judge Jane Schammer heard that the abuse had been recorded on an internal security system Miller had running in his home.
During sentencing submissions on Monday Tim Blake, for Miller, asked Judge Schammer to order a medical report on his client's health in prison.
"He is currently quite ill and is seeing prison health doctors," he said.
"Apparently his diabetes is interacting with his extreme obesity, I am instructed he weighs about 250kg, and that is causing some vascular issues.
"He may need some operations to rescue himself. I respectfully submit that his health situation while in custody is an important consideration in relation to this matter."
Judge Schammer ordered the report in time for sentencing Miller in October.
Miller pleaded guilty to nine counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a child under 17 as well as charges of supplying a controlled drug to a child, and unlawful sexual intercourse with a child under 14.
The court heard during previous sentencing submissions in June that Miller had met one of his victims, who was aged 14, at the Palais in Semaphore.
The teenage girl was already addicted to methamphetamine and was given drugs by Miller during abuse which persisted for several weeks in March and April 2019.
Court documents show that Miller abused her on eight separate occasions.
The abuse of his 13-year-old victim took place over the course of a single day where she engaged in sexual conduct with Miller and her friend, the other victim.
In a victim impact statement read to the court, the younger victim said she felt "violated and embarrassed" by Miller's conduct.
"Self isolation has become my new fun," she said about her need to isolate herself from the world.
The court heard she had never used methamphetamine before being given it by Miller.
The abuse of both girls was recorded by a security camera Miller had installed in his bedroom.
Mr Blake said the purpose of Miller's camera, which recorded constantly and overwrote itself after 10 days, was to prevent his daughter from stealing from him.
Miller also claimed that he only had sex about once a year before his arrest.
The prosecution said that was not true as he had maintained a relationship with his 14-year-old victim for several weeks.
Miller will be sentenced in October.*For 24-hour sexual violence support call the national hotline 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or MensLine on 1800 600 636.
Originally published as 250kg sex offender asks court for leniency