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1 August 2019

Ten year ban for party boat operator convicted of sexual assault

Issued by the NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority

A former Sydney Harbour party boat operator has been banned from the liquor industry for 10 years after being convicted and jailed for sexually assaulting a young female employee.

The NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) has imposed the ban on the former licensee of the vessel Seaduced, Paul Cordeiro.

On 15 December 2017 in the NSW District Court, Mr Cordeiro was convicted of sexual intercourse without consent and sentenced to three years and six months jail, with a non-parole period of two years and three months.

The 22-year-old victim was employed as a casual hostess to serve food and drink on charter cruises operated by Sydney VIP Boat Charters.

On the night of 17 October 2015, another vessel owned by Sydney VIP, the Prometheus, was docked in Cockle Bay Wharf. Mr Cordeiro told the young woman and another employee they were no longer required to work, but invited the woman to stay on the boat to join a private party.

Between 1am and 1.30am, the woman went downstairs and saw Mr Cordeiro in the main bedroom, sat on the bed, and recalled him saying, “Let me do this, it will be fun”.

Those words were her last memory before waking up at 2.45am feeling dazed and confused. The District Court found Mr Cordeiro had sexually assaulted the woman while she was asleep.

Mr Cordeiro was found “not fit and proper” to be involved in a managerial role in the liquor industry and has been banned from holding a licence, being the approved manager of licensed premises or being the close associate of a liquor licensee in NSW for 10 years.

ILGA found: “Mr Cordeiro’s willingness to commit a serious criminal offence against one of his own junior staff demonstrates a profound lack of respect for the law and a complete lack of ability and diligence as a person in a position of authority in respect of the operation of a charter vessel.

“The Authority is sending a signal to others in the industry that committing a serious offence, even while off duty, may have consequences for a person’s ability to be entrusted with a regulated role in this industry.”

Mr Cordeiro’s appeal against his criminal conviction was heard by the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal on 26 July 2019. Judgment is reserved.

Read ILGA’s full decision (PDF 288.8 KB).

Media inquiries: Eric Aubert 02 9995 0794 or 0438 207 294