As­saulted in her own bed

Vic­tim’s kind­ness re­warded with be­trayal

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS - CAR­LIE WALKER car­lie.walker@fraser­coastchron­i­cle.com.au

DIS­TRAUGHT af­ter a fight with his girl­friend, Ricky Jack At­ten­bor­ough sent a se­ries of text mes­sages to a woman he knew, shar­ing his dis­tress.

Con­cerned for his well­be­ing, she in­vited him to stay over so he wouldn’t be alone.

She couldn’t have known he would be­tray her kind­ness in a ter­ri­ble way.

Yes­ter­day At­ten­bor­ough, 22, ap­peared be­fore Mary­bor­ough District Court and pleaded guilty to one count of sex­ual as­sault.

The court heard the vic­tim went to bed af­ter telling At­ten­bor­ough, who was heav­ily in­tox­i­cated, he could stay over.

About half-an-hour later, she awoke to find him in bed be­side her with his hand down her pants, touch­ing her gen­i­tals.

The court heard at first At­ten­bor­ough treated the vic­tim like she was be­ing un­rea­son­able when she re­acted to the as­sault.

He later lied to po­lice about the cir­cum­stances un­der which he had been in the house, the court was told.

But de­fence bar­ris­ter Paul Rut­ledge said his client was gen­uinely re­morse­ful for what he had done.

Mr Rut­ledge said At­ten­bor­ough wanted the com­plainant to know he apol­o­gised.

He said his client had left school in Year 10 as he was strug­gling within the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

Di­ag­nosed with at­ten­tion deficit dis­or­der, At­ten­bor­ough was pre­scribed Ri­talin to treat the con­di­tion.

But he found it made him an­gry and he de­cided to stop tak­ing it.

Af­ter leav­ing school he found em­ploy­ment at McDon­ald’s.

He cur­rently worked part time at Wool­worths but was hop­ing to work full time in the near fu­ture, Mr Rut­ledge said.

He said At­ten­bor­ough, who had no prior crim­i­nal con­vic­tions, had been anx­ious about the court case and didn’t sleep well.

Judge Brad Farr said the vic­tim had been in her own room and had the right to feel safe.

“That’s a place every­one is en­ti­tled to feel safe and se­cure,” he said. “This con­sti­tutes a gross breach of trust.”

At­ten­bor­ough was sen­tenced to nine months in prison, wholly sus­pended, with an op­er­a­tional pe­riod of two years.

THIS CON­STI­TUTES A GROSS BREACH OF TRUST. JUDGE BRAD FARR

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BREACH OF TRUST: Ricky Jack At­ten­bor­ough was sen­tenced to nine months in prison, wholly sus­pended, when he ap­peared be­fore Mary­bor­ough District Court.

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