A disgraced Sydney magistrate and child sex offender has walked free from jail after an appeal court quashed two of his convictions for indecently assaulting a teenage boy almost 40 years ago.
Graeme Bryan Curran had his sentence slashed and was made eligible for immediate release from prison after his appeal was partially upheld on Thursday.
In August last year, Curran was sentenced to two years and four months in jail, with a non-parole period of 16 months, after a District Court jury found him guilty of seven of nine counts of indecently assaulting the boy between 1981 and 1983.
But the Court of Appeal quashed counts three and four and reduced his sentence to 16 months, with a non-parole period of nine months, meaning that with time already served he was free to leave prison.
Corrective Services NSW confirmed that Curran had walked free on Thursday afternoon.
Justices Robert Hulme, John Basten and Peter Hamill quashed the counts which related to Curran performing oral sex on the victim and kissing him to console him when he started crying.
During the trial, the victim claimed the incidents occurred while on a sailing trip to Pittwater in 1982.
The court did not quash another three counts which occurred on the same trip and involved Curran touching the victim's penis and forcing the victim to touch Curran's genitalia while siting naked by a campfire.
The court said it would publish its reasons at a later date and neither Curran nor his lawyers appeared in court on Thursday.
During the course of the trial, the jury heard Curran was regarded as a trusted family friend and that the victim described him as being like a "father figure" to him.
The jury found Curran took advantage of the boy - who was aged between 13 and 15 at the time - and groomed him with presents including holidays to Europe.
Curran would sleep naked with the boy and perform a "Saturday morning massage ritual" which involved massaging his naked body.
During his appeal, Curran's lawyers attacked the victim's credibility.
Curran's barrister, Phillip Boulten SC, said that the victim had changed his story following his initial police statement and had invented memories after undergoing a deep relaxation therapy session with a doctor.
"(Curran) was the focus of the sessions where hypnosis was induced and where, we say, there is a real chance, a real risk that he may have altered memories or produced new memories," Mr Boulten said during the appeal hearing.