July 05, 2005

Kamm 'odd little man'

Illawara Mercury

July 5, 2005

NOWRA cult leader William Kamm might have been an "odd little man" who wrote overtly sexual letters to a 15-year-old girl.

But his writings did not prove anything more than a desire for sexual contact which was "never crystallised", Kamm's lawyer Gregory Stanton told a jury yesterday.

The Crown and defence took turns to address the jury as Kamm's trial neared its end.

Kamm, 55, also known as Little Pebble, has pleaded not guilty to four counts of aggravated indecent assault and one count of aggravated sexual intercourse with the girl in 1993, after he chose her as one of his 12 "mystical wives". ...

The Crown described Kamm as leader of the Cambewarra religious order, whose followers believed he received messages from the Virgin Mary. The girl had submitted to Kamm's alleged behaviour because she believed it was "the will of heaven" for her to be Kamm's wife, Mr Herps said.

Posted by kshaw at July 5, 2005 02:49 PM