The Herald can today reveal notorious high-risk sex offender Ronald Van Der Plaat has been back before the courts charged with breaching an Extended Supervision Order by making contact with a child.

Diagnosed with dementia, his health has deteriorated to a point where he is unable to live in the community and has been ordered to live in a secure facility, leaving only for short periods with approved caregivers.

In 2000 Van Der Plaat became one of the country's most infamous sex offenders when he was jailed for a litany of horrific abuse against his daughter spanning 23 years.

Here, we look back at his ghastly offending.

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Ronald Van Der Plaat started raping, sexually violating and indecently assaulting his daughter Tanjas when she was just 9.

For the next 23 years he would keep her as a sex slave, subjecting her to "bizarre and depraved" abuse which only ended when she became pregnant to him - not for the first time - and suffered a miscarriage.

Van Der Plaat would use handcuffs, chains and clamps on Tanjas during sadistic sex sessions.

He would ply her with alcohol and sedatives before sex - once resulting in an overdose that left her with a permanent heart problem.




Tainted love: Van Der Plaat's litany of sex abuse

Paroled, and recalled - Van Der Plaat's offending continues

Extended supervision - Corrections takes action

Charged - and released. Dementia too severe for court action