Dog rapist awaits sentencing in 'long and complex' case
MORE time has been sought for the sentencing of a Bangalow man on 96 charges, including bestiality.
Dean Anthony Sellenthin, 43, was originally charged with 221 counts spanning from 2009 to 2017.
While he pleaded guilty to 96 of these in July, the remainder are expected to be taken into account at his District Court sentencing, but without drawing their own additional penalty.
The offences Sellenthin pleaded guilty to include bestiality, producing and possessing child abuse material, aggravated break and enter, aggravated indecent assault, theft, procuring child abuse material, stalking or intimidation, entering a dwelling with intent and failing to comply with his reporting conditions.
According to court documents, he had intercourse with a golden retriever and another dog on 19 occasions while he stole large amounts of women's and children's underwear and swimwear from various Byron Shire locations.
Sellenthin was not required to appear before Lismore District Court by video link when his case was mentioned on Monday.
Defence barrister Jason Watts told the court the parties were not ready for his client's sentencing hearing to proceed.
The court heard a work-in-progress statement of facts had been agreed by both parties up to its 49th page, far exceeding many documents of its kind.
It's unclear how much longer the final version of that document will be.
"We're looking for an adjournment to finalise some facts," Mr Watts said
"It's a very lengthy and complex matter.
"We still have a way to go."
Judge Julia Baly accepted Sellenthin's sentencing would be lengthy, noting his charges made up "most of the list" before her court on Monday.
Mr Watts asked her to set a date for the sentencing hearing for later in the year.
"We're fairly confident that we will reach an agreement," he said.
The court heard some experts would be required to contribute to the court's considerations at the hearing and Mr Watts noted his client's complex variety of "sexual -philias".
"This is not pedophilia but it's an array of other -philias," he said.
The court heard the sentencing hearing, scheduled for November 1, would take several hours.
Sellenthin will be required to appear in person.