Ing­ham in­cest ac­cused ex­tra­dited to Vic­to­ria

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Liam But­ter­worth

AN ING­HAM man will re­turn to Vic­to­ria by po­lice es­cort to­day to face al­le­ga­tions of the 1970s sex­ual as­sault of his two daugh­ters.

The man, in his 70s, faced Townsville Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day af­ter a po­lice ap­pli­ca­tion was made to ex­tra­dite him to Vic­to­ria.

De­tec­tive Se­nior-Con­sta­ble Rob Brown, of the Bass Coast CIB in Vic­to­ria, said the man was ar­rested in Ing­ham on Mon­day af­ter a 14-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions of rape and in­cest.

Sen-Const Brown said one of the man’s daugh­ters from a pre­vi­ous mar­riage, now in her 40s, came to po­lice af­ter an un­re­lated in­ci­dent in­volv- ing her own daugh­ter.

He said they had taken state­ments from other fam­ily mem­bers who had made fur­ther al­le­ga­tions.

Sen-Const Brown said it had taken some time to find the Ing­ham man, who was last known to be in Vic­to­ria nine years ago.

Sen-Const Brown said the al­leged as­saults took place in the small town of Bass, sit­u­ated about 100km south-east of Mel­bourne.

The court heard he had no prior crim­i­nal his­tory and has to ap­pear in a Vic­to­rian court within one week of his ar­rest.

Magis trate Peter Smid granted the ex­tra­di­tion and re­manded him in cus­tody. The man will ap­pear in Ko­rum­burra Mag­is­trates Court to­mor­row and will face seven charges of car­nal knowl­edge, in­cest and in­de­cent treat­ment of chil­dren.

Sen-Const Brown and a col­league will es­cort the man to Vic­to­ria to­day.

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