Man raped step-daugh­ter

Girl, 16, dragged down the hall­way and at­tacked

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS - JES­SICA LAMB jes­[email protected]­coastchron­i­

WHEN a teenage girl’s step-fa­ther tried to tickle her while they were home alone in Jan­uary, she tried to walk away.

The 16-year-old’s step fa­ther grabbed and dragged her into the hall­way of her Biggenden home.

That was the first time the 35-year-old man dig­i­tally raped his step-daugh­ter de­spite her telling him to stop.

The Biggenden man pleaded guilty to charges in­clud­ing rape, sex­ual as­sault and at­tempted in­cest in Mary­bor­ough Dis­trict Court on Novem­ber 22.

The court heard the man, who can­not be iden­ti­fied to pro­tect his vic­tim, tar­geted the 16-year-old girl while her mother wasn’t home in sep­a­rate at­tacks ear­lier this year.

Crown prose­cu­tor Chon­telle Farnsworth said the man had lived with the fam­ily since 2010 and did not have a crim­i­nal his­tory.

“The fol­low­ing week­end the com­plainant ar­rived home from work in the hope the de­fen­dant would not be there,” Ms Farnsworth said.

“They crossed paths in the hall­way, the de­fen­dant held onto the com­plainant’s arm and he dig­i­tally pen­e­trated her caus­ing pain.”

On one oc­ca­sion while her sib­lings were out­side the man en­tered his step-daugh­ter’s room and pushed her onto the bed, pulled her pants down, put a blan­ket over her head and orally raped her.

A fort­night be­fore the of­fender en­tered her room while her sib­lings slept.

The com­plainant told him to go away be­fore he un­dressed her, and tried to rape her.

The man left after he heard a car pull up in the drive­way.

Ms Farnsworth told the court that when con­fronted by his wife, the man ad­mit­ted he had “lost con­trol”.

“He was asked if he loved the com­plainant and he ex­plained he lusts after her,” she said.

“The com­plainant’s mother asked if she wanted it. He said he didn’t know. She said the com­plainant told him to go away and he didn’t lis­ten. He said yes, she did a cou­ple of times.”

De­fence Bar­ris­ter Paul Rut­tledge said his client dis­played re­morse and “had been a hard­work­ing mem­ber” of the com­mu­nity since leav­ing school.

“Ev­ery way you look at it, it is a very sad case,” he said.

“He hasn’t been able to see his bi­o­log­i­cal chil­dren as a re­sult of his bail con­di­tions. He misses them and wants to be a fa­ther to them at some stage in the fu­ture.”

Judge Brian Dev­ereaux said it was clear the of­fend­ing had a “shat­ter­ing ef­fect” on sev­eral lives.

“They are ter­ri­bly se­ri­ous of­fences, it was an ab­hor­rent way to deal with a child but I think you un­der­stood that pos­si­bly at the time and con­ceded guilty im­me­di­ately when chal­lenged.

“The child her­self feels guilty and blame. It is a tragic con­se­quence of these cases that the vic­tim is left with some feel­ing of re­spon­si­bil­ity be­cause the fam­ily has been bro­ken up and own chil­dren don’t see you. She said she has felt self-con­scious and ashamed of her­self.”

The man re­ceived a head sen­tence of five years in jail and will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role on May 21, 2020.

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