Evil dad hit with more jail on appeal
A FATHER who admitted to sexually abusing his four-yearold daughter has been handed a longer jail stint after prosecutors appealed against his “inadequate” sentence.
The man was convicted in a NSW District Court in 2016 of three sexual offences against his daughter, including sexual intercourse, between July 2013 and May 2014.
The court heard the girl was abused at age four but did not disclose the abuse to her mother until 2015. Her father then confessed when confronted.
The court heard the man went into his daughter’s bedroom while she was asleep and abused her, which he continued after she woke up and “began to cry and told (the accused) to stop”.
He was sentenced to seven years in jail with a non-parole period of four years and six months, which was appealed by prosecutors on the grounds that it was manifestly inadequate.
A Supreme Court of Criminal Appeal last month upheld the appeal, saying the sentencing judge did not sentence all three offences separately and instead treated them as one incident.
“While all three offences were part of the one incident, (the accused’s) depraved conduct in committing the second and third offences after (the victim) woke was a significant escalation of his offending,” the judgement said.
“Overall I am satisfied the aggregate sentence and, in particular the non-parole period, was so inadequate that it could only be the result of the ‘misapplication of principle’.”
The appeal court imposed an upgraded sentence of nine years in prison with a nonparole period of six years.
The man will be eligible for parole in July 2021.