Grace Tame abuser accused of continued harassment

Nicolaas Ockert Bester pleaded not guilty to harassment offences involving Grace Tame.

Nicolaas Ockert Bester pleaded not guilty to harassment offences involving Grace Tame. Photo: AAP

The childhood abuser of former Australian of the Year Grace Tame has faced a Hobart court for allegedly harassing her via social media.

Nicolaas Ockert Bester, 70, was charged with three counts of using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence in October.

The charges are in relation to public social media posts on Twitter related to, and directed at, Ms Tame on April 27, July 21 and August 28 this year.

Bester appeared in Hobart Magistrates Court on Monday and did not enter a plea to the charges.

His bail was continued and he will next appear on January 31. Bester didn’t speak in court or to media outside the building.

Tasmania Police charged Bester in October following a search warrant assisted by Australian Federal Police.

Police said his Twitter account had been suspended by the social media giant.

IN 2011, Bester was sentenced to two years and 10 months in jail for abusing Ms Tame, who was 15 at time, and for possessing child exploitation material.

Bester, who was a teacher at the high school Ms Tame attended, was aged 58 at the time.

Ms Tame has advocated for sexual abuse survivors and their right to be heard and was named Australian of the Year in 2021.

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