Indooroopilly Golf Club sparks uproar after allowing convicted rapist to join
Prestigious golf club sparks outrage after one of its members is revealed to be a convicted rapist
- Rapist ‘voluntarily stepped away’ from exclusive golf club
- Indooroopilly Golf Club costs $10,000 to join
A convicted rapist has ‘voluntarily left’ a prestigious golf club after an outcry from members.
The 64-year-old Cameron David Horne was removed from the draw for the quarterfinals of a golf tournament at the Indooroopilly Golf Club in Brisbane on Friday.
The exclusive golf club costs $10,000 to join and has an annual fee of $4,207.
His removal came after the club’s board met on Tuesday to discuss his membership after details of his rape conviction were made public.
A convicted rapist has ‘voluntarily left’ from Indooroopilly Golf Club (pictured) – which costs $10,000 to join – after members’ uproar over his criminal past
Horne was convicted of four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault in December 2021 after raping a woman on a luxury yacht on October 17, 2018.
He was sentenced to three years in prison, with three years suspended after serving a year behind bars.
Horne appealed the conviction, saying he was not criminally liable because he had an allergic reaction to mud crab, was drunk and had mixed antibiotics and alcohol.
In a case brought before the Supreme Court, his lawyers argued that the rape conviction should be overturned as he suffered from “an altered consciousness amounting to delirium.”
The Supreme Court rejected his appeal in December 2022, but it did not become public until March 9.
Horne reportedly applied to Indooroopilly Golf Club in 2018 and was accepted in 2020.
A club member told the Courier Mail that both male and female members were “up in arms” that Horne was allowed to continue playing after his conviction became known.
“If he had won the club championship, we would have had a convicted rapist on the honor roll,” they said.
Another member said Indooroopilly has a “strict” club dress code but apparently no “transparency” about criminal convictions.
“We played the same court as (him) and had no idea of his rape conviction,” they said.
Club president Mike Connell said the board was ‘not aware of any proceeding regarding Mr Horne at the time he confirmed his membership’.
“The board is seeking legal advice and considering the matter and any future action in accordance with the bylaws,” he said.
In December 2021, Cameron David Horne was convicted in Brisbane District Court (pictured) on 17 October 2018 of four counts of rape and one assault in Manly Marina.
“Mr. Horne has voluntarily relinquished club activities while the board determines its position.”
To become a member of the Indooroopilly Golf Club, a candidate must be nominated in writing by two members over the age of 18 who know them personally, or in writing by the CEO or a board member.
Membership applications also require a ‘proposer’ and ‘seconder’ to indicate how they know the applicant.
They must also agree that they “can vouch for the good character of this applicant.”
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Indooroopilly Golf Club for further comment.