NSW Opposition Leader Jodi McKay signed a letter of a support to stop a convicted paedophile from being deported in 2018 after he was released from jail for sex crimes, according to legal documents.
The man, who is currently in immigration detention and cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced to 18 months in jail for molesting a 13-year-old girl in Sydney.
The court heard he befriended the girl at Parramatta and Pendle Hill railway stations and committed the act in front of her six-year-old sister.
He had arrived in Australia from Sri Lanka in 2012, and was found guilty of the crime in 2016.
After he was released from jail he launched a legal case to be granted a visa to stay in Australia.
In it she asks the tribunal tasked with assessing the man’s case to “consider the documents and circumstances when considering his application for a Bridging visa”.
Ms McKay has denied it was a letter of support, claiming she was simply passing on documentation after a request from a constituent who met the man in Villawood Detention Centre.
The letter was a call of support for Monis’ request to visit his children despite an AVO currently out against him.