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“I arrived there and caught up with an old school friend, Melissa
Bremner. The next morning I received news that my mate had been
killed in a car crash and so I drove back to Melbourne.
“I didn’t plan to leave without killing him. That’s just how things
David said he soon after he started to deal with his demons by attend-
ing Alcoholics Anonymous and has now been sober for eight years.
About three and a half years ago, O’Brien had the gall to send David
a Facebook friend request.
“I can’t tell you how angry and upset I was,” he said.
“I was shaking with fury but I accepted the request and started to
communicate with him on Messenger, asking him about particular
incidents. It made me so sick and stressed, I vomited.
“It was incredibly difficult.
“At first he feigned a hazy memory but I kept baiting him until he
began to gloat about his crimes.
“Bang! I had him! And then I took the evidence to police and had
O’Brien was working as a janitor at the Area School, when he lured
the 12-year-old into his rotting world of deviancy and perversion.
He pretended to befriend David, plied him with alcohol and stole
his innocence and his future.
As locals who remember O’Brien might recall, he not only behaved
like a pig but he lived like one too.
His decrepit home was filled with junk and his overfilled yard was
an eyesore and a fire trap.
He had built a makeshift high fence to hide the mess and the atroci-
ties he committed within.
Typical of predators, he was arrogant and self-assured.
He ran discos for youth - a ruse to ensnare innocent boys into his
He posed as a carer for lost souls and persuaded tired, overworked
parents into believing he would mentor and look after their sons.
He was scum of the very worst kind.
A purveyor of misery, O’Brien used to prowl the streets of Tennant
Creek at night like a feral cat, looking for vulnerable children to violate
and destroy in his quest to satiate his warped wants.
O’Brien’s crimes didn’t pass right over the heads of police, they
knew as well as other residents that he was a filthy, molesting brute
but were powerless to act without a complainant.
He was finally brought to justice when David’s anger and angst
bubbled over, when he just couldn’t maintain the silence or secrecy
Not that they were ever David’s secrets to keep. They were O’Brien’s
sordid secrets - he was the one with something to hide.
Another victim came forward too but he’s not ready to tell his story
publicly however his evidence was crucial in the three-day trial.
“I lived with the pain for so long, for nearly 40 years,” David said.
“Now it’s out and I have been able to stare down that rock spider
dog in court.
“On the first day I froze with fear when he walked past me. I was
sitting down and he looked down at me. It was terrifying.
“The next day, I decided I wasn’t going to be fearful. I was going
to be frightening.
“I’m six-foot-two and I work out at the gym so I stood tall and flexed
my muscles as he walked past.
“He shit himself. He was the scared one now.
“Next thing a couple of police officers were sent to protect him. He
must have complained that I intimidated him.
“Well, good. He has reason to worry because I’m not keeping quiet
Speaking from Melbourne where he now lives, David said he has
learned a lot from the AA group he regularly attends and it has given
him strength to bring O’Brien to justice.
“I have learned that sometimes you have to hand over to someone
greater than yourself and that’s what I did,” he said.
“None of those feelings of disgust, fear and shame have gone com-
pletely but I’m no longer afraid to talk about the ordeal.
“Without doubt it has been incredibly difficult to do this, to seek
“It would have been easier to fight ten men, knowing I’d lose, than
to go through the ordeal of dragging out so much pain that had been
packed away for so long.
“As tough as it has been though, I’m glad. AA has also taught me
that the truth will set you free. And it has.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: O’Brien was sentenced in the NT Supreme Court in Alice Springs yesterday.
The Tennant Times will report on the outcome in our next edition.
Paedophile victim finds
justice after 40 years of hell
CENSORED: David Mathers’ posted
this powerful message to Facebook after
O’Brien was found guilty of abusing him
but it was removed by moderators.
pain WARNING: CONTAINS
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