‘Preda­tor’ raped girl, 5

Of­fender el­i­gi­ble for pa­role in Oc­to­ber

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - JANESSA EKERT janessa.ekert@news.com.au

A MAN la­belled “preda­tory and dis­gust­ing” will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role af­ter spend­ing 10 months in jail for rap­ing a fiveyear-old girl, who had been asleep be­side her mother.

The 20-year-old sex of­fender was jailed for three years af­ter plead­ing guilty to the rape, in­de­cent treat­ment of a 12-year-old girl, bur­glary and sup­ply­ing drugs.

He can­not be named be­cause it may iden­tify the vic­tims.

The Cairns District Court was told the ice-af­fected man had been drink­ing with the five-year-old’s mother, who lived across the road, ear­lier on Septem­ber 7 last year.

He later re­turned and raped the child. She woke up dur­ing the of­fence. As he was leav­ing he stole a tele­vi­sion, speak­ers and por­ta­ble air con­di­tion­ing unit.

“It was op­por­tunis­tic and preda­tory in na­ture,” crown prose­cu­tor Ni­cole Friede­wald said.

In Fe­bru­ary 2016 he ex­posed him­self to a 12-year-old girl and tried to get her to touch him. He had been liv­ing with the girl’s fam­ily.

“He ini­tially de­nied the con­duct … but later sug­gested to the po­lice that he was drunk and the com­plainant came on to him,” Ms Friede­wald said.

Defence bar­ris­ter Joseph Ja­cobs said the crimes were “highly of­fen­sive”.

His client had been badly af­fected by his par­ents sep­a­ra­tion and af­ter a friend took his own life, he had turned to drugs. He was us­ing methy­lam­phetamines and cannabis and be­gan steal­ing to sup­port his habit.

On the night he raped the five-year-old he had been drink­ing rum and bour­bon and was ice-af­fected.

He had not slept in six or seven days.

Since be­ing in jail for the last 127 days he had kept busy by en­rolling in cour­ses and work­ing.

The court was told the man had also writ­ten let­ters of apol­ogy and a con­fes­sion for his of­fend­ing, say­ing he wants to be a bet­ter per­son.

Judge Brian Devereaux said it was “dis­gust­ing” be­hav­iour but that the man had shown re­morse through his early plea and taken proac­tive steps for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

He will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role in Oc­to­ber this year.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.