A five-page summary of Jessurun’s novel Natisha was tendered as an exhibit in his sentencing proceedings and released by the NSW District Court.
The summary reveals that the 422-page novel includes a “top-secret” human cloning laboratory, characters called Myrtle Honeysausage and Tarzan Simba, and a protagonist called Natisha Miskoska who is the daughter of a wealthy iron ore mining family.
Natisha is described in one of the 16 chapter summaries as playing “sexual and erotic games” with her personal maid, which is asserted to be “a recurring theme throughout most of the chapters”.
In chapter 12, Natisha is “tortured and taken advantage of sexually” after she is kidnapped in China for the purpose of being cloned.
She escapes and is pursued by “the deadliest freelance assassin” before she reaches the safety of the Australian Embassy, where she is interviewed by Australian Federal Police officers who are ultimately killed by the assassin.
In his own interaction with AFP officers on April 10, 2018, Jessurun admitted he created multiple online accounts using the name “Natasha Matzkovko” and engaged in online chats where he would send sexual images of young girls. He said he did this because he was trying to develop the fictional character.
Officers discovered 7574 images of child abuse on his laptop, an external hard drive and a USB drive. A significant percentage of the images on the storage devices were identified as duplicates of the 2742 photos originally stored on the laptop.
Judge Penelope Hock jailed Jessurun for a maximum of 18 months with a non-parole period of nine months. She said the images Jessurun dealt with showed “confronting and disturbing abuse of the children, some of whom are very young”.
Judge Hock said she was “sceptical about the offender’s account as to the reasons for his offending, particularly given he transmitted images to people who clearly did have a sexual interest in children”.
In a letter to the court dated June 3, 2019, Jessurun said he was “deeply sorry and ashamed of my actions and the negative impact that they have had on so many people”.
“I have learnt so many lessons from being arrested, spending time in remand centres and getting treatment,” he said. “Sorry does not begin to explain how truly ashamed I am of what I did.
“I make absolutely no excuse for my conduct, which was abhorrent and inexcusable.”
Jessurun was diagnosed by a psychiatrist with major depression with psychotic features, based on his account of hearing Natisha’s voice, engaging in conversation with her and at times seeing her facial expressions.
According to a report prepared by Community Corrections on June 5, Jessurun attributed his offending to “mental health concerns relating to his profession”.
“Mr Jessurun attributed his offending behaviour to what he described as ‘professional suicide’,” the report said. “He maintained that he was struggling with the idea that he had spent his professional life working for wealthy people and not people in need.”
According to the report, Jessurun said he recently completed a certificate to teach adults English and hopes to gain employment in that area in the future. He said he has a long-term partner in Thailand and does not plan to remain in Australia.
Newington’s headmaster Michael Parker said in a statement that no children from the school were involved in Jessurun’s offending, but counsellors would be made available to them.
He said he was “deeply troubled” by such crimes, which are “abhorrent and have no place in society”.
Georgina Mitchell is a court reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.