Paul Leslie Aiton-Toddler killer, applies for parole


My Say I remember this one like it was yesterday. This huge bully Aiton, finally beat his tiny stepson Daniel to death after months of abuse. Now near 20 years after the fact this mongrel is coming up for parole. A date every victims family dreads in this country, with the weak arse sentences and cuts offenders get…

Guys like him deserve nothing, earn nothing while in jail, and should be rotting  just like the poor little chap he beat on a near daily basis because he got annoyed! He used to brag to mates how he got the boy to stand “Star jump” style and kick him, as if he was football practice…Now I can see letting white collar crimes out for once being greedy etc but sick bastards like this deserve no sympathy or leeway.I do not want to report here in 15 months he lost it with another innocent lad who happens to be the son of a needy mum he picks up…

A photo of little Daniel Valerio before he was beaten to death by Paul Aiton

THE hulking thug who beat little Daniel Valerio to death in one of Australia’s most shocking child abuse cases will make his bid for freedom tomorrow.

Paul Leslie Aiton has served 18 years in prison for the murder of his two-year-old stepson and he wants to be out by November.

Daniel’s death, after months of savage violence by Aiton, led to the introduction of mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse in Victoria.

Almost two decades after his death, Daniel’s battered face remains a symbol of ineptitude by authorities who were supposed to save him.

He died after his internal organs were crushed when he was punched by Aiton at their West Rosebud home.

Daniel’s grandfather said he hoped Aiton felt remorse. “He was a lovely kid,” Ian Ottway said.

Aiton’s bid for freedom sparked a plea for authorities to warn single mums about starting relationships with child beaters.
Child Wise executive director Bernadette McMenamin said mothers who began relationships with offenders should be told by authorities of their background.

Adult Parole Board general manager David Provan said members would consider reports and recommendations from Community Correctional Services before making a decision on Aiton. Aiton, 49, will not appear in person.

The 188cm tall killer – who weighed 105kg at the time – was later to say he “just lost it” because Daniel was screaming and crying.

But former work colleagues told Aiton’s trial he made sickening boasts about his treatment of the boy. They told how Aiton would order the boy to stand in the shape of a star then kick him from behind.

They also gave evidence that he referred to throwing Daniel against a wall and watching him slide down it, shoving the child face-first into his own faeces and lifting him by the hair as he slept.

Evidence was also tendered that Aiton beat the boy’s penis with a wooden spoon when he urinated in the bath. A post-mortem examination found Daniel suffered 104 bruises and two broken collarbones in his brief life.

Aiton, who initially tried to deny killing Daniel, was convicted by a Supreme Court jury in 1993.

In sentencing him, Justice Philip Cummins said: “I consider you have not shown remorse for the death. You have shown concern for your own position.”

Aiton was sentenced to 22 years’ maximum, with a minimum 18 with good behaviour.

Grandad Mr Ottway said he hoped Aiton felt some remorse.

Mr Ottway said Aiton had served his time and he hoped what had happened to Daniel was a one-off.

Daniel’s case led to major change in child welfare in Victoria after it was revealed inaction by authorities failed to stop the abuse.

A judicial inquiry found 21 people, including five doctors, Community Services Victoria and police were involved in Daniel’s case after CSV received anonymous calls he was being beaten.

Laws were later introduced making it mandatory for police and health and teaching professionals to report suspected child abuse.

Aiton had lived with Daniel’s mother, Cheryle Butcher, after they met through an introduction agency. Ms Butcher last year spoke out for the first time in 16 years to beg authorities to do more to help children in peril from abuse.

Aiton’s earliest possible release date is November 26.

A Corrections Victoria spokeswoman said prisoners on parole were closely supervised.

Here are more comments from concerned Australians…

  • Mary of Ringwood Posted at 7:14 AM Today 

    We shouldn’t have to tell the Parole Board why this monsters should NEVER be released. We have to presume that the people sitting on the board have a degree of sense and responsibility..Often they have proved otherwise..This is another chance to tell us that they will do the right thing and keep this man locked up till he dies. He abuses and beats a little boy to death… and now wants to be let out..Lets hope the Parole Board does the right thing by little Daniel.

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  • Ross of woopwoop Posted at 7:15 AM Today 

    what makes a person like this? this is not human could this person change? unlikely

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  • Rick A of CBD Posted at 7:15 AM Today 

    yes let the maggot out. ill find him 😀

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  • Lea of Melbourne Posted at 7:15 AM Today 

    Do not let him out to do this to another helpless child, he does not deserve a second chance

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  • MJM Posted at 7:16 AM Today 

    His papers should have been stamped NEVER TO BE RELEASED.

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  • Lesley of Duncraig WA. Posted at 7:18 AM Today 

    Will evil triumph again…and if he is released, will his evil once again be vented on some other dear little innocent child?

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  • Adam Posted at 7:19 AM Today 

    People like him don’t deserve to see any kind of light at all. I’d give him the death penalty if it were legal

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  • Jason of Melbourne Posted at 7:19 AM Today 

    This ..-./..-/.-.-/-.-/../-./–. -.-./..-/-./- should come around to my joint when he gets out. I would love to show him first hand what if feels like to slide down a wall, stand in a star and get kicked and pull his hair until his head came off. Of course the parole board will let this piece of excrement out because little Daniel will just be an inconvenience easily forgotten when they feel like it ……

    Comment 108 of 235

  • Whistleblower of Melbourne Posted at 7:21 AM Today 

    I’m sick and tired of minimum sentences! Thugs like this should serve the full term of imprisonment. Unfortunately the bleeding hearts and the parole board have more empathy with the “victim” standing before them than the victims of crime and murder.

    Comment 109 of 235

  • Andrew of Prahran Posted at 7:21 AM Today 

    Why was this life form even given the opportunity for parole?????

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  • Python of Oz Posted at 7:21 AM Today 

    “Paul Leslie Aiton has served 18 years…” It should be 180

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  • NK Posted at 7:22 AM Today 

    I dearly hope that those anonymous calls to the CSV were made by Aiton’s workmates. Inaction on their part would have been reprehensible (putting aside the shameful inaction of the 21 individuals involved in Daniel’s case). As for Ms Butcher, I CANNOT believe that she, at no point, suspected that Aiton was abusing her son.

    Comment 112 of 235

  • Liz Smith Posted at 7:22 AM Today 

    This man repeatedly and deliberately hurt a two year old toddler. It was not just a “one off” event. The poor child lived in terror in his short life, as this evil man revelled in sadistical power over this baby-child. Daniel’s own home was a place of nightmares and pain, but there is no where else to go when you are only two. The man is evil and will hurt again when he is out of prison. He has already shown he can cross way over the line of human decency. I don’t understand why he didn’t get life!

    Comment 113 of 235

  • Jack of Melbourne Posted at 7:23 AM Today 

    Why are we even considering letting a Child Killer out? Enough already, protect society from these animals

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  • Justice Scales of Melbourne Posted at 7:23 AM Today 

    Goal terms should be changed so that people like this are never released – same with murders – life should mean life.

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  • Kay Posted at 7:24 AM Today 

    It’s a pity he hasn’t been beaten to death like poor little Daniel.

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  • Arne Nevback of Alice Springs Posted at 7:24 AM Today 

    Closely supervised?????ha ha ha.Lock the monster up for life with no parole.

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  • john Posted at 7:25 AM Today 

    These attacks on this little boy were not out of frustration these were planned assaults on a precious life,104 bruises and 2 broken collarbones(thats dis graceful) why should he be able to live the rest of his life free when this poor boy didint get to see his 3rd birthday.Australian government is TOO soft in its punishment laws, wish we were more like america in there laws, as in if you stuff up you get punished accordingly.

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  • Reality Bites of Melbourne Posted at 7:26 AM Today 

    So Aiton wants freedom ? He should have found it at the end of a rope.

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  • Common Sense of Melbourne Posted at 7:26 AM Today 

    Look into the eyes of Daniel and see the pain and sadness, this poor excuse for a man made his life a living hell. Daniel would have been a young man now, he had another 60 years of living left, make sure this man spends the term of Daniels life in prison.

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  • Jim of Carrum Downs Posted at 7:28 AM Today 

    He killed a baby boy.He should never be released.Life means Life.No Parole

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  • Angi Parsons of Bonnie Doon Posted at 7:29 AM Today 

    He should never be released or at best serve his full term. He didn’t show Daniel any mercy so why should he be given any.

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  • Big Jim of Brisvegas Posted at 7:29 AM Today 

    No probs 18 years to gain remorse thats good. Now another 18 years to make sure it doesnt happen again…..then they might think about letting him go……..nah.

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  • Rita Posted at 7:29 AM Today 

    Dont let him out of prison, he will do it again. Protect the community and childkillers.

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  • Mike Shaw of Mornington Posted at 7:30 AM Today 

    I am a grown man, but this sort of thing brings me to tears.

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  • Donna Pearce of Macleay Island Posted at 7:30 AM Today 

    He has served 18 years. If he is released now, it will be ‘because of good behavior’ as his sentence stated. The only reason he would be thought to have ‘good behavior’ is because there are no small defenseless children to beat up in prison. When (if) he gets out then we will see if his behavior is ‘good’ or if he starts beating up small children again. And if he does it will be because the courts released this monster when they shouldn’t have done so. This type of personality doesn’t change. He will ‘beat’ again. Keep him behind bars where he can’t harm anyone else’s child.

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  • Jamie Hobbs of Geelong Posted at 7:33 AM Today 

    As I remember this thug bragged to his work mates what he had done to this poor little boy . !! SHOULD NEVER BE RELEASED !!

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  • Bella of melbourne Posted at 7:34 AM Today 

    Lets hope somebody out there is already waiting for this scum, ready to dish out a good old eye-for-an-eye treatment!!

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  • DP of West vic Posted at 7:35 AM Today 

    Bring in the death penalty for cases like this

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  • didi Posted at 7:37 AM Today 

    with that amount of abuse, how could the mother have not known! She should have been charged too – and any woman who starts a relationship with him should have her children removed from her care!

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  • Mad Dog. of Hoppers Crossing Posted at 7:38 AM Today 

    bring back capital punishment. Oxygen thief.

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  • amanda robinson of hastings-victoria Posted at 7:38 AM Today 

    why should a child killer be free at all whats to say that he wont do it again to some other inoccent child he should rot in jail till the day he diesamand

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  • billy of Casino, NSW Posted at 7:40 AM Today 

    If there was ever a case for the re-introduction of the death penalty this is certainly one of them. There is NO excuse for killing a child, no excuse for child abuse. We dont need moronic thugs of the likes of this one living freely or closely supervised in the community.

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  • protect our kids of victoria Posted at 7:41 AM Today 

    Even with mandatory reporting the innocent children are still ignored! Stand up for those who have only a small voice, song quote:”I believe children are the future, treat them well and let them show the way.Give them a sense of pride” What would Daniel have ben doing this november? Time fades people’s memories, these thugs blend into the shadows of prison hope we will forget them. Keep him away from our children

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  • Granny of Melbourne Posted at 7:42 AM Today 

    I do hope the Parole Board consider the children this monster will come in contact when released and decide not to allow him to see the outside world ever again. If he is granted parole then he should have an order made against him to keep him away from children. He is frightning.

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  • DAB of Melbourne Posted at 7:42 AM Today 

    Just take a look at this beautiful innocent babies face in the photo. And this was before his fatal beating by the coward who now wishes to be released from his well deserved prison cell in November. How dare he even think he has rights and requests. What goes around comes around his sentencing is nothing compared to what the universe is going to lay before him for his shocking actions. I am surprised that none of the work colleagues called the police after hearing his disgusting boasts of torture on this tiny little boy. If the community had a say in the sentencing this man would never ever be released. This child experienced a lifetime of horror and fear. Shame on the legal system for his ridiculous short term sentence of eighteen years (minimum)from twenty years. To the Parole Board, do not release this disgusting person out the baby lost his life, he must also lose his..

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  • Kylie Brown of Melbourne Posted at 7:42 AM Today 

    18 years is NOT long enough for this monster. Keep him in prison whhere he belongs!! That poor little boys face is etched in my memory, RIP sweet Daniel, fly high with angels where no-one can ever hurt you again xo

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  • malph of Melbourne Posted at 7:43 AM Today 

    Bring back capital punishment, he earned it.

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  • Kathie of Hobart Posted at 7:43 AM Today 

    ht of b I couldn’t agree with you more. Keep this thug locked up so society can be certain he doesn’t get an opportunity to inflict the same violence on some other child whose mother was foolish enough to get involved with him.

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  • Craig of Melbourne Posted at 7:43 AM Today 

    This is why you should bring back the death penalty…. so the question of releasing these low lifes is never raised again…

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  • sickened by story of melbourne Posted at 7:44 AM Today 

    saddens me to read this about how this monster boasted about what he had done and no one contacted authorities. What is wrong with people!

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  • Haseeb Saleem of Melbourne Posted at 7:45 AM Today 

    Death sentence.. bring it on seriously. It will solve many crime problems.

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  • Gerard ransom of Hobart Posted at 7:46 AM Today 

    it saddens you deeply to think this monster could have a chance of release. 18 years isnt life. Little Daniels life was taken away from him by someone who was supposed to protect and love him. Life should be until you die in jail. Little Daniel possibly had anothe70 years ahead of him.. Who knows. Now nobody ever will.

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  • JS of Cairns Posted at 7:46 AM Today 

    Dont risk it, never let him out

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  • CB Posted at 7:48 AM Today 

    Does corrections Victoria think we are all idiots? How often do we see in the media that someone has reoffended. This man, I use the term loosely, should serve his full sentence as punishment for the horrific treatment he metered out to an innocent and defenceless child. He also needs to serve the full sentence to send a message to others that this behaviour is intolerable.

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  • W of Tyalgum Posted at 7:50 AM Today 

    Australians don’t want people like Aiton on the street. Keep him in prison until his full sentence is served and then some more. RIP Daniel – you never had a chance to know how beautiful life can be.

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  • Maz of Vic Posted at 7:50 AM Today 

    Hope he rots in hell and gets the living crap kicked out of him in gaol. NEVER release this poece of scum!!

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  • MMM of Melbourne Posted at 7:50 AM Today 

    He still has hell to look forward to also.

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  • David Posted at 7:50 AM Today 

    I was revolted and distressed at the time and I remain so today. For those that cannot recall this was not a one off event. That poor child was subjected to months of savage beatings. How can someone look at that picture of the poor kid and not be repulsed? I am sure the beast that did this is sorry, I am equally sure that had capital punishment been available I would have supported the use of it in his case. 18 years or 38 years that mongrel should not be released! Weep for that poor child not the parents.

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  • DeanEvans of Lilydale, Melbourne. Posted at 7:51 AM Today 

    Justb read the list of injuries. Never let him out.

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  • Jack of the sea Posted at 7:51 AM Today 

    Why has this piece of garbage been allowed to survive prison all these years? Surely someone should have shown him the blunt end of an exercise bike by now. I sincerely hope that once freedom is in sight for this gutless cockroach, he gets taken out in the showers.

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  • Peggy Hand Posted at 7:51 AM Today 

    Let him rot in gaol. Let some of the other prisoners treat him like he treated that poor little boy.

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  • Brenda Wilkin of rowville Posted at 7:51 AM Today 

    Little Daniel had no one to protect him from the violence of this man, and the least we can do, as a community, is to keep his killer behind bars. One little boy, defenceless, against a grown man, beaten regularly,how can that be something we can forgive?

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  • What was he thinking? of Melbourne Posted at 7:55 AM Today 

    When a dog bites a person,the dog is usually put down. This animal killed an innocent little human. He should of also been put down, let alone released!!

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  • roseswithlove of QLD Posted at 7:56 AM Today 

    People who beat children DO NOT change their ways & he should of got LIFE for what he did to poor little Daniel, Daniel died at the hands of this monster & he should stay where he is & die in prison….Bring back the Death Penalty for crimes likes this!

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  • Wayne of Narre Warren Posted at 7:56 AM Today 

    This poor excuse for a human being should rot in jail!!

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  • rob Posted at 7:56 AM Today 

    Freedom what the **** he should rot in hell.

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  • Howard Green of Melbourne Posted at 7:56 AM Today 

    This wasn’t a one off occurrence; he systematically beat Daniel day after day until he finally killed him. It is time for someone to make a stand and say enough is enough. The courts wont do it, soft sentencing reflects their attitude so it is time for the parole board to step up and keep this disgrace behind bars

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  • NickiM of Melbourne, VIC Posted at 7:56 AM Today 

    Now who says capital punishment is a bad thing??

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  • S.S. Posted at 7:57 AM Today 

    I want to know where the mother of this child was or the grand parents surly they would have been aware of the is animal that should suffer the same death as the little boy. I feel sick to my stomach just thinking of what this child went through. BRING back capital punishment for animals like this PIG!!!!!!

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  • Sharon Posted at 7:58 AM Today 


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  • Bart of Melbourne Posted at 7:59 AM Today 

    If someone beats a child, we want to name them. If someone sexually abuses a child, their identities are protected by the court. I say, make it public and name them all!

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  • Kim Posted at 8:00 AM Today 

    I am sitting here at the moment watching my 2 year old daughter eating her breakfast. The thought of this man being released is sickening. How could anybody even contemplate harming a defenseless child? Considering the animal ‘joked’ to his work colleagues at the time about the pain he inflicted on Daniel and his brother – he obviously showed a lot of remorse! He should be left in jail to rot for the rest of his pathetic life. If the parole board do grant him freedom (and I am sure they will), please publicise the whereabouts of this cretton and maybe the disgusted public can pick him up, throw him against a wall and watch him slide down like he did to poor Daniel?! RIP Daniel xx

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  • Jackie of Melbourne Posted at 8:00 AM Today 

    unfortunately no matter what we think he will be able to get out after 22 years and walk a free man, if this happens there is no supervision or parole requirements, he will have served his full sentence. If he is released early he will be supervised that sadly is a better option.

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  • Jess Posted at 8:00 AM Today 

    He took away a life before it began, therefore he should have his taken away forever! He is just lucky that he got to live part of his, unlike poor Daniel. Dont let this sick man out…

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  • Anthony Posted at 8:02 AM Today 

    Leave this thug in jail to rot for the rest of his un-natural life, piece of S#$t! And i hope he dies a horrible death as this kid did.

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  • Mel Posted at 8:04 AM Today 

    What a feral animal. he should have got longer than 22 years to start off with. If you take a life your life should be taken. You dog. I hope you die in hell for what you did to that little boy.

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  • Kris of Melbourne Posted at 8:05 AM Today 

    too sad 😦 l pray he gets refused…..

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  • David Posted at 8:07 AM Today 

    CAPITAL PUNISHMENT!! Take a life, you lose the right to yours!!

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  • mim Posted at 8:07 AM Today 

    Why should the community tolerate this child killer being free ..he should have been exterminated.

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  • DISGUSTED!!!!! of VICTORIA Posted at 8:08 AM Today 

    The fact that this disgusting coward got power from beating a BABY is bloody disgraceful!! I am 6″ 1 ( 186cm) and weigh 115kgs, let me have a crack at the “BIG MAN” ! COWARDS like Aiton should face capital punishment & be dumped at the tip! Even then the $ 17.50 would be to much expense to waste on that piece of SH*T !The fact that he has the opportunity to be released is yet another flaw in the Australian justice system!!!!!!!!!!! stamp his file “NEVER TO BE RELEASED”!!!!!and throw away the key!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • A of Melton Posted at 8:10 AM Today 

    The suffering and death of Daniel was terrible. In Victoria children are destroyed, even at the time of their birth. This is legalised child abuse and killing. What hypocrisy and double standards!

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  • Rae of Burwood Posted at 8:12 AM Today 

    This just makes me feel sick.. This animal took a child’s life. He took away any chance little Daniel had of growing up, going to school, playing with friends, falling in love, getting married, having children and watching them grow up. Possibly 80+ years of life was taken from Daniel. The animal should remain in jail for at least that long. He didn’t just take away 18 or 20years. He took away a lifetime and he should have to repay that. By my calculations, he still has about 60years to go. I hope you rot!

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  • Lisa Peters of Melbourne Posted at 8:15 AM Today 

    Parole Board, Why should he be let out now on good behaviour when poor Daniel never got any better treatment for being good?. Daniels face is remembered by many and if you let this poor excuse for a human being out, whats to stop society dealing with him in there own way as justice for Daniel when you are not doing justice to Daniel or our society by letting him out again. There is too much hatred and anger for this animal to be able to feel safe out of jail and is best left to rot where he is, thats the safest option for eveyone.

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  • Geoff of Brighton Posted at 8:16 AM Today 

    There is only one cure for sickness like that – it involves a small amount of fast moving lead. Bring back capital punishment.

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  • Carl Tennant of Notting Hill Posted at 8:17 AM Today 

    come on people this is victoria he’ll be let out early, your lucky he went to jail at all with our judiciary.

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  • james of melbourne Posted at 8:18 AM Today 

    The Victorian government will have made sure he is rehabilitated. Everybody should stop worrying.

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  • T.J.Keats of Melbourne Posted at 8:19 AM Today 

    It seems we have plenty of comments…. Another product of the labor system…. If we elect libs, dogs like this will stay caged for life – where they belong. Wake up Victorians….

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  • Megan from Croydon Posted at 8:20 AM Today 

    This evil man should never be released. Daniel lost more than 18 years of his life.

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  • Louis of Cranbourne Posted at 8:20 AM Today 

    This animal must never be released. Fancy doing this to a defenceless small child.

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  • Jboy of Newman / Melbourne Posted at 8:21 AM Today 

    PLEASE RELEASE HIM, on one condition, That this child beating filthy animal comes to stay with me.

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  • xxx of Echuca Posted at 8:21 AM Today 

    I agree with protective mother of melbourne – Where was the mother in all this. I would kill anyone who laid a hand on my children. LET HIM ROT IN JAIL.

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  • Loving single mother of A loving, nurturing home! Posted at 8:24 AM Today 

    Greg Byrne – YOU ARE A TWAT!

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  • Trish of Sunshine Posted at 8:26 AM Today 

    Please do not let this monster out!

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  • Paul Chao of Box Hill Posted at 8:27 AM Today 

    This is one of the many reasons as to why the people should bring back the death penalty because those dead people can NEVER commit murder again. Michael Portillo, a political commentator and MP for the UK, had studied various methods of execution documented in a video ( He showed the various methods of execution and the flaws that are inherited. In the video Michael demonstrates a flawless and humane method for execution if reintroduces. Nitrogen asphyxiation has been used for euthanising animals which have been approved by various animal rights groups. It is cheap, easily to install, does not require a special skill to operate it and mostly, the condemned does not feel any pain before meeting his or her maker. Australia should bring back the death penalty to murderous crimes and similar however use the Nitrogen asphyxiation method.

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  • skye trezise Posted at 8:28 AM Today 

    he needs to rot in arrarat with mr baldy and the rest of the dogs….

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  • Christian of Avondale Heights Posted at 8:30 AM Today 

    Disturbing, violent, sad, traumatic, painful, chilling, fright, fear and so much more. This is what this defenseless child felt and experienced as this coward killed and murdered him. Has this coward felt the same as young Daniel? I believe not, so why should he be permitted to experience more? I support to keep him locked away for life and may he be removed from the prison cell in a body bag and then just tossed into a bin like the human genetic filth that he is. Do not release this pathetic coward !!!

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  • rob Posted at 8:33 AM Today 

    comment 15…he should have got life, no parole,never to be released,he should die in jail, then i would say he did his time, even this is to good for this low life.

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  • Nicholas Van Danziger of Sassafras Posted at 8:35 AM Today 

    Yes, by all means, let him out by November…….. for an appointment with a Firing squad….. Oh, I forgot aren’t we collectively suffering from the “delirium of democracy” ? Poor guy, …….. why don’t we let him out? He’ suffered enough, he’s not likely to “re-offend” is he now?

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  • FerntreeGully bloke of FerntreeGully Posted at 8:35 AM Today 

    Poor little Daniel copped a life sentance, why cant this piece of crap? It should never be released.

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  • MAC Posted at 8:36 AM Today 

    So stop bleating about it in the papers. Get together, get organised and do something about it. There are professionals who can deal with social problems like this. All it takes is money and organisation….

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  • getridofhim Posted at 8:38 AM Today 

    Leave the psycho bully thug in jail

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  • Mrs Petunia Morningstone of Shady Pines Nursing Retreat Posted at 8:38 AM Today 

    As tough as it is to say, if this person is released, the only people you have to be angry at are the authorities for the light sentence. He has served his time and that’s that. He should be let out as he has done all that has been legally asked of him. He should have been given life and we wouldn’t be in this situation we are in.

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  • HEART BROKEN of SOMIE Posted at 8:39 AM Today 


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  • Disgusted Gran Posted at 8:40 AM Today 

    This man should never be released. He should have been given a life sentence. Our laws must be changed that anyone who does this to an innocent child should get life imprisonment. If I was Daniels mother I would not have stayed with this monster or allowed him to lay a finger on him, but she may have been a victim too. It makes me sad this little boy would have been 20 now wasn’t given the chance to make a life for himself.

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  • KP of Pakenham Posted at 8:44 AM Today 

    He should never have been put in jail in the first place. HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE DEATH PENALTY. BRING IT BACK.

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  • 123 Posted at 8:50 AM Today 

    Not even animals behave in this manner. I hope the world never forgets what you did and you pay dearly for it, for the rest of your life. That little bloke didnt stand a chance against a monster such as yourself.

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  • Derek Drinkwater of Melbourne Posted at 8:52 AM Today 

    Why not let him out? Why is he any different from every other violent sadistic criminal that this government is determined to wrap in cotton wool?

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  • no-baby-killer of moonee ponds Posted at 8:52 AM Today 

    18 years for killing a lovely TWO years old baby. Just TWO years old! The killer should stay behind bars. the sentence should be life long – at least 50 years behind bars!

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  • moose of the north Posted at 8:52 AM Today 

    Stop calling Paul Aitken a thug !Hes no thug , otherwise he would have served his time in general population in jail , not protective custody .Enough said about this waste of space !

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  • Matt Cook of Melbourne Posted at 8:53 AM Today 

    He has taken the life of an innocent child & the system entertains the idea of parole! This depraved, gutless animal should remain incarcerated for life. I’m surprised fellow inmates have let him survive his time inside. I can only hope he has been subjected to incredible pain, torture & shame. Close the door & lock it for good. His acts have forfeited the right to live amongst society.

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27 thoughts on “Paul Leslie Aiton-Toddler killer, applies for parole”

  1. Just to put thinks in to perspective, John Lennon’s killer, Mark Chapman has been knocked back for parole for the 6th time, after 30 years in jail…For killing John Lennon.

    Now that is not because who John Lennon was but for what he did, shoot a defenceless man in the back. So how defenceless is a 2 year old toddler, tell me, is 20 years enough?


  2. This man should NEVER be released. Daniel didn’t get a second chance so why should he? What makes it worse is that this wasn’t a one off incident. It wasn’t like he just snapped and in the heat of the moment killed him. He tortured this poor child repeatedly before finally ending his too short but painful life. If it was up to me he would NEVER see freedom again. However I suppose one thing to consider is if he gets out on parole at least he’ll be monitored and hopefully will not get the opportunity to do this again.


  3. Paul aiton is nothing but a gutless dog..
    all the suffering i have had to go through with my family. I am the partner of the lagte daniel valerio’s brother benjamin valerio. Benjamin also suffered what his brother did but was old enough to sort endure the pain. Paul aiton should not be released at all. He killed an innocent child because they where crying because a big old scary man was there screaming. if i saw the ugly F*** too id be screaming. What possibly could a 2 year old do to you to make you wanna kill him. Its hard because everyday my daughter Daniella ( whose name is in memory of her uncle ) looks more and more like him. If people could understand even after all these years we are still greiving about Daniel, it’d make the jury’s minds alot smarter and keep Paul Aiton locked up for good


    1. Hello Jasmine, thanks for sharing your story here. It is a disgrace, in all these years I’ve never forgotten this story.But you guys live with the pain every day and thought of this guy getting out makes many Australians sick to the stomach I am sure.

      There are no excuses and no forgiveness in my view and I hope something gets done to keep our children safe from scum like him.


      1. hey robbo,
        thanks for feeling my pain and my familys pain. thanks for everyones sympathy towards my brother in law….
        But the put downs towards my mother in law “Cheryl Butcher” is not on. She was a women trapped in a relationship with a monster. She was frightened like no tomorrow. What could a women do to stop this. When knowing that it was happening could also happen to her if she where to say anything. My mother in law was not safe at all. People have to put there selves in her shoes and understand how hard it was for her to be there yet alone be in this relationship with this dog. She does not deserve what everyone is saying about her because deep down she has lost her baby boy and nothing will ever replace that. She now has4 grandchildren but the pain of Daniel will always be there. I hope Paul Aiton doesnt get parole because if he does i will find the MotherF***** and ill show him what its like to live with this. Everyday goes by and theres not a thort in world about how me and my partner bens life would be with Daniel here. Daniel would be 22 this year as we share the same birthday. He didnt desevre to have a not step father but dog of a mothers boyfriend to treat him the way he did. I hope the 18 years he did serve was served with beating and hidings in jail. And i hope to god the parole board see that he doesnt desevre to have a live at all. Daniel got to live 2 yeARS OF HIS LIFE SO WHY THE F*** should paul even live to see daylight again. It just makes me sick to think that peope would actually let him out. For his sake if he doesnt want to be dead when he walks free stay in jail. Thers alot of people out there that WILL take matters in there own hands when they find you PAUL LESLIE AITON YOU DOG………..


        1. I’m sorry … you have been brainwashed into believing your mother in law’s excuses. Perhaps you find it easier to deal with this sickening tragedy by believing that she had no way out. If that helps you guys cope and keep your family together with their ‘loving grandmother’ then so be it. Perception is reality after all I suppose.

          You say… “What could a women do to stop this. When knowing that it was happening could also happen to her if she where to say anything”.
          As a mother of 2 children who I brought into this world to protect to the death, give a happy childhood, love and cherish, let me give you a simple answer :

          Please wake up, and I certainly hope you don’t view the priority of your children’s safety in the same way your mother in law did. She is certainly no role model for mother of the year.

          If women in the Middle East, repressed by the Taliban, can flee to protect their child – I’m sure in a country like Australia with women’s shelters, police protective services etc – I’m sure your mother in law could have.

          Unless she is mentally retarded she has no excuse.

          A parent should die protecting their child, not allow some 2 bit loser boyfriend bash and torture their child in front of their very eyes.


    2. Jasmine and Ben, I would love to see Ben again and meet you and your baby? Ben will remember me from being on my program, please feel free to make contact via this website and we can take it from there. best wishes Miranda


      1. hello miranda yes i remember you ill give you my email and you can give me a call and yes we should catch up.. Me and ben have a daughter now. We both would love to catch up with you. Please get back to me as we would love to catch up soon. Its been a while…
        Lots of love jasmine


  4. read some of these comments, how real Aussies feel about this mongrel and poor Daniel…

    Maccachick of Moonee Ponds Posted at 9:24 PM September 13, 2010

    I can’t believe it has been 18 years since poor little Daniel died. It seems like only yesterday. This animal should never be released, but I guess because of the sentence he got – he will be someday – BUT not now. Not early. Let him stay in jail until the very last minute of his sentence.

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    Simone of Victoria Posted at 9:27 PM September 13, 2010

    This was a truly disturbing and brutal crime. Eighteen years is inadequate by anyone’s standards. It is my sincerest hope that this monster is NOT released and Daniel’s ‘mother’ refrains from spewing garbage from her mouth regarding child abuse awareness. She clearly stood by and allowed this to happen. Australia also needs to introduce laws to convict bystanders for enabling child abuse. RIP Daniel

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    Chris Posted at 9:30 PM September 13, 2010

    Why dont the courts and the politicians just listen to the people they are supposed to represent, WHY? He deserves to die in prison.

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    Sick of soft sentencing of Realityland Posted at 9:32 PM September 13, 2010

    18 years for the brutal and repeated assault of a 2 year old child resulting in his painful death. Seems a tad light to me. May I suggest an American style sentence, let’s say 30 – 40 years without parole. That sounds more fitting to me, what do you guys think? Let’s start a petition.

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    Justice of Melbourne Posted at 9:32 PM September 13, 2010

    Dont let the bastard out put him with the Super violent offender wing and teach him a lesson

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    John Posted at 9:34 PM September 13, 2010

    Reading this makes my blood boil! People like this should never be let out. Throwing a child against a wall, beating his penis with a wooden spoon, pulling his hair and shoving his face in his own poo – what a monster. If I ever saw this man I would hate to think what I would do to him. My wife and I are really disturbed by this article. What an oxygen thief!

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    David Packard of Melbourne Posted at 9:36 PM September 13, 2010

    18 years on, and nothing has changed. The authorities still don’t give a toss about the safety of defenceless children. Daniel would be 20 now. God rest your precious soul, little mate.

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    Ivan O’pinion of Emerald Isle Posted at 9:38 PM September 13, 2010

    Please, please, please don’t let this monster loose on society.

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    Will of Sydney Posted at 9:39 PM September 13, 2010

    Why don’t we reinstate the death penalty???

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    Maz Posted at 9:40 PM September 13, 2010

    This man should never be released. What a monster.

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    rob Posted at 9:42 PM September 13, 2010

    i remember this and i cried back then, reading this now still brings me to tears,why why why does this scum even get to think about having a life outside of prison,he should rot in hell.

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    Mark M Posted at 9:46 PM September 13, 2010

    Bring back the electric chair for cases like this I say.

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    Notlostforwords Posted at 9:46 PM September 13, 2010

    Daniel would not have even been the same age as this scum when convicted. How is this justice. He would have been a young 20 year old man, just starting out in life. With his gorgeous eyes and luscious lips, and the world at his feet. If something is not done to keep this creep away from children he will do it again. Cruelty of this kind does not just dissipate. People who do these things should serve a sentence that reflects the term of the average for which this victim would have lived. Now that’s what I’d call justice.

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    John McDonald of Yarra Valley Posted at 9:48 PM September 13, 2010

    How bloody come you fools.

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    The Truth Posted at 9:48 PM September 13, 2010

    I can understand the families pain and the want to keep the killer behind bars forever, If it were my child I am sure I would be the same. But if he is refused and kept inside for another 4yrs to serve his full term will there be more pleas to make it longer then? There is no amount of prison time to make up for the loss of life, espically an innocent child, but then how long does one have to serve before they are able to say they did there time, it’s a double edged sword.

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    Rob of Ringwood Posted at 9:50 PM September 13, 2010

    Just the picture of the kid put me to tears… how unfortunate… RIP!

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    Johnny G of Corowa Posted at 9:51 PM September 13, 2010

    Are you kidding me? To let people like this out in the real world is just a danger to everyone else. I hate to sound monotonous but for gods sake just hang him. Why waste tax payers money on a guy that bashes a young kid…. Honestly what good is this guy gonna have on the public? Will he turn a deadbeat straight? no. Will he cure any disease? No. Will he keep some people out of jail? No. Will he be a consistant threat to innocent lives? Yes. Keep him in jail, or better yet, let him be tested for products that are generally treated on animals… I’m sick to my stomach hearing about innocent animals having products tested on them… Test the products on scum like this.. If it doesn’t work out.. Well that’s note bad.. If it’s a good product, release it!! Test all the bad stuff on these scum bags.

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    George Keahgias of East Malvern Posted at 9:54 PM September 13, 2010

    They should never let him out. Let him suffer in jail, like poor Daniel did.

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    Angela Merrett of melbourne Posted at 9:59 PM September 13, 2010

    Words cannot describe the pain and suffering that wee boy endured. Aiton should never be released, our justice system needs tobe harder, bring back the death penalty. This story and a life taken so tragically is gut wretching.

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    Paul Upton Posted at 10:00 PM September 13, 2010

    Can’t wait for this sadist to be granted parole, so he can “lose it again” and kill another innocent child. Then all the excuses in the world will be offered. Keep him locked up.

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    patrick of snowy nth east vic Posted at 10:08 PM September 13, 2010

    the justice system in Australia will always be flawed while it is not an eye for eye justice. this cretin wouldn’t be alive to ask for parole!!nothing is going to change until something is done! forget the bleeding heart do gooders !! rehabilitation isn’t working !! it must be an eye for an eye justice!! lets hope this poor boys life was not in vain!! RIP LITTLE GUY!!

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    Marg Withoos of Nyah West Posted at 10:08 PM September 13, 2010

    No Way can this man be let out. I remmeber how I fealt at the time, let alone pore Daniel. After His death, there have been so many more, its about time to stand up for the rights for our kids and say no more. I can name the kids but that would not get published, but it should be. I say no to letting these people get away with hurting children. I find it really strange that I have to choose my words so not to affend but these criminals cant get away with anything. But for all of the kids, and we all know who they are……………. lets just grow up and start doing something about it! Australia, can we please start doing the right thing?

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    Annylin of Melbourne Posted at 10:11 PM September 13, 2010

    The image of little Daniel is all too frequent these days. No child killers should ever be free, they should get ‘life’ as in till the day they die. A person who bashes children will never be reformed, how can anyone justify killing babies?

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    Paul the Oracle of Olympus Posted at 10:15 PM September 13, 2010

    Do not release him. He does not deserve a second chance. He WILL hurt someone again. The blood will be on the hands of those who defend him.

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    munted Posted at 10:16 PM September 13, 2010

    Leave him to rot in jail

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    Reggie Farqhuar of justice seen, justice done Posted at 10:20 PM September 13, 2010

    Poor little Daniel. RIP, little one. A life so brutalised, a life cut short. The only thing that should be ‘cut short’ is the life of the uneducated, feral apostate of hell who did this. Aiton should be put to the sword.

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    Sharyn of West Gippsland Posted at 10:25 PM September 13, 2010

    Should be locked away, throw away the key, never to be released. If this poor little boy was related to me, I would see to it that Aiton would not continue to breathe air once he was released. Simple as that, an eye for an eye.

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    Astounded Posted at 10:29 PM September 13, 2010

    NO! Full time and regardless of behavior no remissions. This was and remains a barbaric act committed by a cowardly bully. Just lost it, BULLS&*T! Just losing it may have resulted in a sore backside from a few spanks, this was not ‘Just Losing It’. No remorse no remissions.

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    Cameron of Watsonia Nth Posted at 10:32 PM September 13, 2010

    If this psycho is let out, the Australian law system is BROKEN!

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    Steve Posted at 10:37 PM September 13, 2010

    Paul Leslie Aiton, you should have thought about your rights when you beat that boy to death, well done tough guy! God will judge you.You weak man.

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    sick of mistakes Posted at 10:39 PM September 13, 2010

    Aiton I dont think you really want to be let out because out here there is no where to hide. Dont let this monster out to kill more of our children, this time it would be your heads

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    Paul of Frankston Posted at 10:40 PM September 13, 2010

    No parole for this monster. Even the maximum sentence (only another 4 years) is manifestly inadequate. Look at the photo of that poor little boy… That filth should never be released.

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    Mike of Melbourne Posted at 11:00 PM September 13, 2010

    Give him another 18 years, then another 18, then another 18.

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    patrick of melbourne Posted at 11:00 PM September 13, 2010

    i hope this bastard gets another 22 years …because child got no life ….the ceil key should be lost for life ….

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    Kat of N.T. Posted at 11:01 PM September 13, 2010

    This beggars belief, it’s horribly like the ‘Baby P’ case in England.Don’t people learn anything anymore? Tragic.

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    The Clairvoyant of WA Posted at 11:05 PM September 13, 2010

    He should be locked up for the rest of his miserable life, children are to be loved, cherised and nurtured. That poor little soul.

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    Sad its like this! of Victoria Posted at 11:08 PM September 13, 2010

    It sounds like this person also needs help. Help to stay in prison for his own sake. I dont think He will be safe otherwise. I wish there were some place to banish him to in the middle of Australia or ocean somewhere. Or swap him for a refugee. He has forfeited any rights by his bragging and lack of remorse. Close supervision? They have failed previously.

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    Bee of Melbourne Posted at 11:12 PM September 13, 2010

    This creature does not deserve to breathe the same air as us, shame we no longer have the death penalty. At least Daniel can rest in peace knowing that because of the disgusting level of cruelty shown to him, other childrens lives have been saved. It should not have just resulted in mandatory reporting of child abuse though but also mandatory life in prison for the offender with their file marked NEVER TO BE RELEASED. End of story, only then will other children be safe from these despicable creatures.

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    a mother Posted at 11:12 PM September 13, 2010

    I have a 6 month old who is d apple of my only reasn fr existence.i m al alone except him i hv noöne.evn a picture of dis 2 year old makes me weep.hw cn u kil him u my prayers 2mrw i wil ask fr d toughest punishment fr u.dese judges cn forgive u bt GOD wouldnt

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    Sarah of Perth Posted at 11:18 PM September 13, 2010

    18 years might seem like a long time. But months of beatings must have felt like forever to a 2 year old. Parole should not be an option here.

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    lee Posted at 11:33 PM September 13, 2010

    poor Daniel =( he is only a little kid~ Aiton should be in prison for his rest of life

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    sammy of melbourne Posted at 11:37 PM September 13, 2010

    18 years of tax payer money wasted. what good he is going to do to society probably another murder. Bring capital punishment IN, dont waste money on useless people they dont deserve to live. anyone kill someone, should be executed. When does these laws will ever be introduce in australia.

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    ian of East St. Kilda Posted at 11:42 PM September 13, 2010

    He should serve the remaining time of his sentence. Please please please justice system…. dont send the message that its ok…… send the message that it will not be tolerated, and make him serve every last day of his sentence.

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    Jenny W of Melbourne Posted at 11:45 PM September 13, 2010

    Can’t help thinking why the mother never done more to protect her child. I hope Paul Aiton never gets to harm another vulnerable little child again. This little boy would have been terrified all of the time wondering when the next hit would come. Children should be protected at all costs from abuse, especially mothers in new relationships who suddenly take a disliking to their child, neglecting them and not doing their best for them. That doesn’t happen with all mothers, who form new relationships after the one has ended with the child’s father. The child’s health and well being is more important than keeping a new relationship together, any signs of mistreatment by the defacto to a child, must be immediately stopped. Better still, when a parent enters a new relationship with someone who is not the parent of their child, as part of the relationship rules, demand the child be treated with dignity and respect and no abuse will be tolerated. Not only will it save the life of the child, it will save years of torment to a child who survives that sort of abuse.

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    Preba Naidoo of South Africa Posted at 11:51 PM September 13, 2010

    This is not a human being. To have inflicted such pain to a defenceless child is unforgivable. Let him rot in jail and suffer at the hands of his inmates. Pleeeez do not release him.

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    Pakistani Posted at 11:59 PM September 13, 2010

    Wat a shame . Is that thug Aussie or we can blame ppl from some other country

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    sick of the system of Reservoir Posted at 12:05 AM Today

    Let him out, publish his address though.

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    Real person Posted at 12:06 AM Today

    What a hard man must sleep well at night rot in hell u scum the devil is waiting for u

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    Nay of Melbourne Posted at 12:10 AM Today

    Daniel was abused by this man for most of his short life and it ended up costing Daniel his life so why the hell are we letting this Moron out so we can all just sit back and see if he does it again. It just is’nt fair. He commited the most saddistic of crimes against this little angel.

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    Darren of tulla Posted at 12:14 AM Today

    hope chopper Read ,meets up him one day’ .”’ go chopper””

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    Tanya of Caroline Springs Posted at 12:24 AM Today

    We have failed as a civilised society if this monster is allowed out. I don’t give a rats about his good behaviour or remorse, this crime is one of the sickest that I’ve known in my life time. Poor little Daniel, surely anyone reading the shocking abuse he suffered in his short life cannot comprehend this thing given the chance to live amongst us again!

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    Ivan of Geelong Posted at 12:42 AM Today

    well 18 years is enough…. u do the crime u do the time… so i guess he has done the time… so it’s time to move on….

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    Gandalf of Melbourne Posted at 1:06 AM Today

    “A Corrections Victoria spokeswoman said prisoners on parole were closely supervised.” Yeah as if.

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    Elijah Baley of melb Posted at 1:06 AM Today

    Hulls and his left-wing crim lovers will not only let him out, they’ll protect him, house him and feed him too.

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    mum of 4 Posted at 1:53 AM Today

    rot in jail! you should never be released. You murdered an innocent child

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    Maria Posted at 1:58 AM Today

    Your life was taken away from you far too soon. The monster who did this to you deserves nothing but the same in return. Actually we should really consider the death penalty in cases like these because he could do this again to your child. Burn in Hell.

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    Greg Byrne Posted at 2:40 AM Today

    I don’t think that the problem has been solved yet. This takes money and resources. I think that children should not be allowed to stay with single mothers and should be adopted by loving people who are properly married and want a family.

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    Paul of Melbourne Posted at 2:48 AM Today

    His true judgement will not be in this life.

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    sam of act Posted at 4:34 AM Today

    let him rot in hell…

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    lemrac of QLD Posted at 4:35 AM Today


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    Beebatoz of Richmond Posted at 4:36 AM Today

    This man should never see daylight. I have tears in my eyes reading again what this poor little boy went through. It breaks my heart.

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    graham salmon of the real world Posted at 4:51 AM Today

    this treatment of a child disgusts me i knew nothing about this as i lived overseas at the time . this sick bastard should be made to rot in jail 4 the rest of his life he might still b a danger to other children and that thought is something that i hate to think about. no parole for this scumbag please maybe we can have a fundraiser to pay 4 his encarceration as we know our beloved govt dosent like spending money on keeping crims off the streets

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    Sarah of Melbourne Posted at 4:53 AM Today

    18 years? He should have gotten life. Just goes to show that the judges and the criminal sentencing has needed a major overhaul for decades.

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    nh jan of Brisbane Posted at 5:08 AM Today

    That poor little boy never had a chance at life, I hope his killer does not regain his chance either – he does not deserve it. Will Victorians (and Australians) and most of all, the victims, be let down yet again by our justice system?

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    Penny of Seville East Posted at 5:17 AM Today

    pin the %^&% up against a wall and kick the crap out of him I say. This animal should have been killed in jail – he’s lucky to still be alive. Makes me cry to think of the suffering this poor little boy endured at the hands of this man

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    mbaron Posted at 5:50 AM Today

    Parol ! He makes a good argument to support the return of capital punishment. Daniel your smile will haunt me for the rest of my life,compassion for this animal I do not have.

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    Stephen O’Shea of Melbourne Posted at 5:52 AM Today

    He is safer in prison – so is everyone else. There are some crimes that are unforgivable – beating up and killing little children is one of them. Don’t release him. Ever.

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    Jason of The bush Posted at 5:55 AM Today

    My own long experience tells me this (“A Corrections Victoria spokeswoman said prisoners on parole were closely supervised.”) is absolute garbage! The rate of those who breach their parole is over 90%, which clearly demonstrates that parolees are NOT supervised.

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    Wantirna Dave of Melbourne Posted at 5:57 AM Today

    Let him out. Please, please let him out.I’m sure those people who cringed at Daniel’s beatings would like to say hello to this winderful example of human kind and return the favor.

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    sickened. of Melbourne Posted at 5:59 AM Today

    how can this animal every be considered for release. this one should never have made it through the system

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    Gavin Posted at 6:01 AM Today

    this animal should burn in HELL..!!!

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    Rob Bradley of Darwin Posted at 6:01 AM Today

    Please ,please,please,for the sake of sanity do not let this animal out of his cage.Leave him there to rot for ever more as he deserves.Little Daniel doesn’t get a second chance due to this animals repugnant actions and neither should he.

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    JW Posted at 6:02 AM Today

    NEVER LET HIM OUT – Daniel has no life, so why the hell should he. He deserves to suffer for the rest of his pathetic life!!!!!!

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    Philip Skehan of Melbourne Posted at 6:14 AM Today

    Is it not better that he be released and closely supervised whilst on parole, rather than him being released at the end of his sentence, directly into the community with no one overseeing him?

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    Disgusted of Country Victoria Posted at 6:15 AM Today

    Aiton’s behaviour towards little Daniel was not a one off at all, if it was he would not have continued his abuse of the child! One off means one time not two, three or four attacks on different days! This man is sick and I doubt the years in prison would change him. He took an innocent life, why should he EVER walk free?

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    ht of b Posted at 6:25 AM Today

    This monster should never see the light of day.

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    Bush Mick of grampians Posted at 6:29 AM Today

    Corrections Victoria SO carefully supervises persons on the Sex Offenders list that they get lost in Ararat, WITHOUT their tag working. Ho! Hum.! Yardy.! Yardy.!! Yardy.!!! What more twaddle are these inept professional liars going to tell the gullible court system. Get real.! Make t5his applicant do his entire sentence. Daniel Valerio is doing his.

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    sue of east melbourne Posted at 6:47 AM Today

    This murderer should not have been allowed to live let alone be contemplating freedom. If ever there was a case for the death sentence THIS IS IT! I will never forget the horror of reading the details surrending this case all those years ago as long as I live and I am sure I am not the only person in Australia who was absolutely horrified if not traumatised by the severity of little Daniel’s injuries and eventual death.

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    nigel kibel Posted at 6:48 AM Today

    It is about time that we had a sentence of life without parole. In other words life means life. People may say that 18 years is a long time. This little boy would have been 20 today. His life was snuffed out. Lets look at far harsher sentences for this type of crime. In NSW the Anita Colby killers will never be released. This type of horrific crime should be in future treated the same way.

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    tania karlovic of west footscray Posted at 6:52 AM Today

    I am sitting here crying after reading half of this article, I just had to stop. I am a mother of a 2 year old boy and can not comprehend how anyone could harm a child. Any human who sees fit to harm a child in any way should be locked up for good, they do not deserve respect or freedom. Think back to being a child and how you looked up to adults with such adoration, what this poor child and countless other children must have felt, it just crushes my heart.

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    LisaJ of Sydney Posted at 6:54 AM Today

    His, and anyone who abuses a child should never be released, rot in hell..

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    Ana Koutsioulis Posted at 6:57 AM Today

    To have accidentally hit and killed a child, and to have served 18 years in prison- I would not condone the release of this ‘man’, however, this poor child received constant abuse…..suffered so much pain before his death, because of this monster. He is evil, and should not be allowed out….

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    Tania Perkins Posted at 6:57 AM Today

    There isn’t one good reason why this guy should be out of jail. To beat a man to death in a fair fight is bad enough, to beat a toddler to death, after months of abuse, must forfeit a persons right to freedom, for life.

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    Jo from Mooroolbark Posted at 7:00 AM Today

    Poor little boy – I could weep looking at his little face. How does anybody do this to a child ??

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    Malcolm of Melbourne Posted at 7:01 AM Today

    This worthless sack of S#*T should never see the light of day again.

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    christophe lebreton of Melbourne Posted at 7:01 AM Today

    bring back the electric chair… and how about a solar powered one??? so that rubbish can cook for a while before he’s done…. he pay for his food and everything else…I don’t want my taxes spent on maintaining rubbish alive??? what for???total waste of money/oxygen…get ride of him

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    rob of knox Posted at 7:03 AM Today

    should have got life ,never to be released.

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    Keep him locked up of Melbourne Posted at 7:04 AM Today

    This pathetic excuse for a human being should never see the light of day. He robbed an innocent young child of his life and he in return should forfeit his freedom. He is not fit to walk teh streets with decent people. May he never be freed and may he rot in hell.

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    Karen Pickering of Bne Posted at 7:05 AM Today

    This story is heart breaking. Violence against innocent and defenceless children – in any form is a tragedy. The authorities in all areas of child protection need more support – and the community as a whole needs to be far more vigilant and responsive to kids in danger. God Bless Daniel may he rest in peace.

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    Dennis of Australia Posted at 7:05 AM Today

    He should jailed 105 years as much as he inflicted wounds on that poor soul no way he should Not be left out to enoy his remaining life.

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    Rob of Glen Iris Posted at 7:07 AM Today

    But he will in 4 years time at the latest. If they don’t give him parole then he will walk out unsupervised. At least with parole they can keep an eye on him and see any danger signs he’s design with kids.

    Comment 91 of 235
    Mario of Carlton Posted at 7:08 AM Today

    Paul Aiton, If you do get out, 5 min is all I ask. Just you and me you gutless dog and I’ll set you free.

    Comment 92 of 235
    D of Melb Posted at 7:08 AM Today

    No amount of time justifys the treatment this child endoured .. this punk needs to rot or we move to a retributive system and inflict punishment of the same, in public!

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    tom Posted at 7:09 AM Today

    i just cant understand why the mother stayed with this guy when it had been going on for months no he shouldnt be allowed out but as a mother of 6 children i just cant belive how or why anyone could allow things to get to the stage of a young life been taken

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    I am ashamed of apathy of Melbourne Posted at 7:10 AM Today

    i agree freedom is not an option but what have we learnt . Little Daniel was to symbolise our outrage and we as society expressed horror and shame in own apathy . But really what has changed.

    Comment 95 of 235
    frank Posted at 7:10 AM Today

    that is appauling,to even think that this bloke can get out this year.Good behaviour yer right its only cause there are no poor sefless innocent kids in there, personally 22 years is soft he killed a defenceless 2 year old boy and done these terrible things.make serve the full jail term thats what i say

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    Lance of Melbourne of Melbourne Posted at 7:12 AM Today

    It’s as shame the other prisoners in the gaol didn’t beat this bastard to death!

    Comment 97 of 235
    Nunya Business of Melbourne Posted at 7:12 AM Today

    I remember this little boy and was so shocked and sickened at what this bastard did. a monster indeed. He should NEVER be allowed out. Good behaviour for prisoners is a joke!

    Comment 98 of 235
    Protective Mum of Melbourne Posted at 7:13 AM Today

    What a despicable piece of filth this man is. But what of the mother? It was HER job to protect her little boy and she failed miserably. No excuses for her either.

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    strider Posted at 7:13 AM Today

    Mongrels like this should never see the light of day. I cannot see any reason why he should be released back onto an unsuspecting public, because as sure as the sun rises, if he reoffends, the jury will not be allowed to know of his criminal past and his sick, twisted ways. There are to many do-gooders who say he will have learnt his lesson but this always seems to come at the expense of another innocent victim and then it is always too late. How many women and children need to be raped and abused by feral pigs that deserve nothing less than perhaps the death penalty before the government takes real action in changing the laws that currently do not protect the victims. Our punishments need to fit the crimes and should be as harsh as the crime, they should also increase the penalties to show the criminals that there will be punishment and justice will be done. If a sentence is 22 years then it should be 22 years, no time off for good behaviour, if it is 22 years there should be no minimum allowed. This should apply to all sentences regardless of the time, 5,8,25 years, they should be served in entirety because you can count on the fact that the victims families have LIFE sentences

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  5. Dear Daniel,
    I am so so sorry that society let you down.
    I am sorry that the do-gooders think your killers life is worth more than yours.
    I am sorry that your killer will soon walk the streets again.
    I am just sorry for everything….


    1. hello mykel i was just wondering if u can get back to me on my email that would be great my email is js2o@hotmail. Im hoping you are Daniel’s father


  6. I used to share a rented house with this B….d back in the early 80’s. He is the sickest person I have ever met in my life. He would wake me up at 6 in the morning trying to force a beer down my throat and if I refused he would come back with a handful of his own excrement and smear it on my bed. Another time he smashed every wall in the rented house with a sledge hammer including the front door, bath and furniture that wasn’t his. This is just a very small example of what he was like. I was out of there quick smart.This sad and sorry excuse for a human has no regard for anyone or anything except himself and gets off on other peoples pain. He is beyond help and should be locked up for life for what he did. Rot in hell Aiton you pig.


  7. I want him released! Then hope he goes back to the rosebud area, where i live, and then hopefully, or accidently i bump into him, or even turn up where he may resdide, and i then will go back to my work mates and boast how i made this lowlife monster bleed, cringe in fear and feel the full brunt of what i would deliver. I have a 2 year old son, and he his the joy in my life, and everyday when we sit and have breakfast together, while watching his favourite show, i look at him and think two things, how much love i have for one person full of happiness and innocense, and how could someone have done what they did to that poor little boy. Poor daniel didnt get a chance to be loved and to live a free and happy life, yet the big thug thinks he does! Seriously, let him out, and i’ll guarantee he will be either in a big hole, or kept away somewhere to endure a lonf stint of punishment!


  8. Daniel is my little brother. It warms my heart that so many people feel so strongly about this. I would like to thank you all for your support (and yes, even your rage). I wish I had been allowed to testify, but at 6 years old it wasn’t the done thing. There is so much I could tell you all about our “mother”; where she was, what her part in all this was. Perhaps one day I will speak out, but I don’t think now is the right time.

    I don’t think Paul should ever be let out. I also don’t believe he deserves protective custody. It’s only a matter of time before the daughter of his wife Linda shows up in the obituaries. The man should be on the sex offenders registry, and no doubt would be if I’d been allowed to speak out all those years ago. I also think our mother should have been punished. Sadly at the time there were no laws regarding enabling child abuse/etc, and when they did come in… they were not retroactive. Shame, seeing as she not only ignored the violence but actively encouraged it. She’s as sick and twisted as Paul.


    1. I was at Ararat Prison with this swine. He ran the system and was pally with officers. He ran a business via non stop phone calls to his new wife and continually abused her on the phone. He screamed and swore at her over the phone. He demanded she visit every Sat and Sun and was the first one called to the visitors center each week. Thru her he bought houses and ran a business. She apparently jumps to his every demand and lived in Ararat. God help her and her kids if he ever gets out. This woman must be the dumbest person in the world.


    2. Candice, I too lost a younger brother in tragic circumstances and I admire the poise you display in your above comment. You are calm and logical where many would want to spew hatred and emotion.
      You are obviously an amazing young woman who has overcome great adversity and trauma, and whilst you can’t let Daniel’s tragedy and your childhood define you for the rest of your life, you are also Daniel’s voice. I think you are a wonderful ambassador for the protection of children, and I am sure that the adult part of your life is going to be much happier and you will be a shining star xx


  9. The mother in this case should hang her head in shame and the bastard Paul Leslie Aiton, I hope he gets whats coming to him. I’m training to be a psychologist but I have no time for perpetrators, I know it best to try and make them see what they have done wrong, so they wont’ do it again, but when you read cases like this you just want the guy dead.


  10. What is wrong with this Government. Start making a stance and bring back real punishment in our justice system so these MONGRELS cannot do this to any other child. Our justice system is too weak and needs to be overhauled.


  11. I feel physically sick after reading the description of what was done to this baby. I just want to cry, and as a mum of 2 little children I can’t comprehend how a human can have it in them to do this. But we forget we are dealing with sick people who are not like normal human beings. I can’t get my head around a mother allowing this to happen. I’m sorry, but she and the Jaiden Leskie type mothers are equally as guilty as their sadistic, abusive bastard boyfriends. As for the grandparents, for God’s sake … if my parents thought for a second that one of their grandchildren had been abused in any way they would kidnap my children and disappear interstate until they got help. Sadly though, all these people now have life sentences of grief and they have to live with that.
    I simply do not understand why we apply the same rights, liberties and rules to people who are so far out of normal society standards.
    How can this man ever be released ? That child had possibly 70+ years of life to live, and yet our ‘justice’ system only puts worth on his life to about the age of 20.
    I want to see a referendum on bringing back the death sentence in Australia, and I bet the majority would say YES. No Government has the guts to do it though as they know what the answer will be then they have to face it.
    He deserves to be punched and kicked until his internal organs bleed to death whilst he is dragged by HIS hair.
    Otherwise electric chair as a minimum.


  12. If this protected maggot dog, has been able to easy survive 18 years in a Victorian protection prison and behave himself as a model prisoner in the prison systems dogs yard ,with the other protected dogs, with out being raped, bashed and shived or stabbed by other prisoners, and given a good beating every now and then ,, to break this big tough cowards worthless child basher and killers carcass. Then this is proof that the modern Corrections Victoria prison system of protection of the guilty and duty of care for these types of protected maggot human filth, is failing to scare or deter would be criminals and violent bully men from going to Jail. This dog ATKIN would have once been given a serious beating, on his reception, and taken in to the old H.DIVISION PENTRIDGE, HIGH SECURITY UNIT, as prison introduction for his bad manners, and he would of accidentally slipped over on the soap in the shower block, and got whacked with a pillow case full of coke cans, just for starters, and would of got a sharpened tooth brush shoved up, his arse, and his face bronzed in his own blood and shit, and given his right whack the exercise yard, and gang banged in his cell,when the screws were looking the other way. He would have been wishing he was dead, after 18 hours of the slot in Hell division.or the old B.division main stream violent prisoner management unit. Let hope he gets his right whack out in the free would , and he finally gets to meet his match, and he is beaten and tortured to death, just like his poor little powerless and unable to defend himself victim, two year old DANIEL VARLERO.
    Daniel would have been in his twenties now, and he could of smashed up his mongrel step fathers Aitken face and body, and rammed his head down the toilet bowl, Lets just hope one day little Daniel, that AITKEN, finally gets his karma, and the big turd he gets the revenge on him SWEET……………..


  13. CHERYL BUTCHER, wife of Paul Leslie Aiton at the time of Daniel’s death and the mother of Baby Daniel……I can NOT believe that she would have the nerve to say anything about children needing help…. “Ms Butcher last year spoke out for the first time in 16 years to beg authorities to do more to help children in peril from abuse”…. She sat back and watched this piss-poor excuse for human life, this waste of air baby-killer beat this poor child to death and even admitted to doing some of the beating her damn self. She admitted that she knew all of this was taking place and she didn’t report it or protect her own baby because she says there was no one to turn to. This worthless Cheryl Butcher actually MARRIED Aiton, the baby-killer, AFTER Baby Daniel, her own son, was murdered!!!!! She married the man that she knew killed her child. She married the moron that went around BRAGGING about beating a baby. Can anyone believe that they were NOT even married until 2 months AFTER his funeral!!!!! Now she wants to “beg” the authorities to help children in peril from abuse??? Cheryl Butcher is just as sick as this worthless baby-killer, Aiton. And seeing as how neither of them were put in prison for life or worse, Oh how I wish that Butcher’s and Aiton’s punishment for a baby’s murder would require that each of them must be forced down a dark alley with me!!!!!!


  14. I couldnt agree with you more what a poor excuse for a mother how dare she what a lying filthy peice of shit they are hiding somewhere the cowards but Paul the prick has some other scumbag whore called Linda what sort of entity hooks up with a child killer? David Provan of the victorian parole board you are a wanker whats with you? And whats with the light sentence to those responsible for his release you are a dissapointment to society and australia for being so feeble minded I was at the rally to fight for some justice. What justice? rot in hell for not keeping this putrid filthy scum in a prison for the rest of his life you did this cancer a favor you did nothing for Daniel.


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