Cops seek order to keep sex offender jailed for Janine Balding murder locked up

Heath Parkes-HuptonNCA NewsWire
Murder victim Janine Balding, who died brutally in 1988.
Camera IconMurder victim Janine Balding, who died brutally in 1988. Credit: News Corp Australia

Police are seeking to keep a serial sex offender jailed over one of Sydney’s most infamous crimes behind bars.

Wayne Wilmot was just 15 years old when he was involved in the brutal rape and drowning of young bank teller Janine Balding in the late 1980s.

Her abduction, sexual assault and killing in the city’s western suburbs has often been compared to that of Anita Cobby’s sadistic murder, which came two years before.

SEPTEMBER 12, 1988: Carol Arrow aged 18 [LEFT] and Wayne Wilmot [right] are escoreted by police at Campbelltown Court, 12/09/88, where they faced charges relating to the murder of Janine Balding. Pic Uwe Kuessner.
 NSW / Crime / Murder
Camera IconWayne Wilmot escorted by police at Campbelltown Court on September 12, 1988. Uwe Kuessner Credit: News Corp Australia

Wilmot was among a gang of five homeless people, four of whom were minors, who snatched Ms Balding at random from Sutherland railway station on September 8, 1988.

The group drove her to Minchinbury where she was raped at knifepoint before being hogtied and drowned in a dam on a rural property.

Wilmot stayed inside the car and did not participate in the rape and murder, but was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison.

He has been convicted of a string of other sexual and violent crimes despite spending the majority of the last three decades in jail.

Last week a Supreme Court judge ordered Willmot, now 48, be bound by a 28-day interim detention order as time on a previous order to keep him locked up was set to expire on Thursday.

NWN Library
Camera IconJanine Balding, abducted from Sutherland railway station by a group of street kids, was sexually assaulted and murdered in Minchinbury in Sydney's western suburbs in 1988. Credit: News Corp Australia

Police have applied for Wilmot to be bound by a new two-year continuing detention order, or else be supervised for five years.

Justice Julia Lonergan said Wilmot was a “versatile offender” who had been the culprit of “numerous violent and sexually violent offences since his early teens, mainly against women on their own”.

“The attacks are brazen and in public. He does not seem to care about being ‘caught’,” Justice Lonergan said.

“The attacks are highly distressing and degrading and cause long term harm to victims.”

Wilmot has been incarcerated almost continuously since 1988, save for a period of about 20 months between 1996 and 1998 – during which he went on a crime spree.

Bev Balding with pic of her daughter Janine Balding in Wagga Wagga. pic by stephen beazley, wagga wagga
Camera IconBev Balding with a picture of her daughter Janine Balding. Stephen Beazley Credit: News Corp Australia

When at liberty he sexually assaulted a woman at another Sydney train station and detained another woman, both in June 1998. He also committed assaults and robberies.

Wilmot began offending at just 13 and has targeted at least eight victims.

The court has heard he has made only “small gains” in his rehabilitation and “little has changed” since the court issued its last continuing detention order in 2019.

“He has, it must be said, an horrendous history of violent and sexually violent offending,” Justice Lonergan said last week.

On Thursday the court heard Wilmot was currently refused bail for matters before the District Court.

A hearing where police will argue to keep Wilmot behind bars has been set down for November 25.

Originally published as Cops seek order to keep sex offender jailed for Janine Balding murder locked up

Get the latest news from in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails