Court rules paedophile’s sentence was ‘excessive’
A JUDGE has ruled that a 16-year jail sentence for a father who repeatedly raped his daughter from the age of 11 was excessive and reduced it to just 10 years on appeal.
The 43-year-old was convicted in 2015 of four counts of raping his daughter before ordering her “not to tell your mum or anyone”.
A NSW District Court heard the girl had disclosed the rapes to her sister and mother after the first incident in 2012, but was discouraged from pursuing charges, which allowed the abuse to continue until his arrest in 2014.
In the meantime, the girl had begun gathering evidence of the crime, including keeping tissues stained with his DNA and making written records of the assaults. Her father, who also gave the girl chlamydia, was initially convicted and sentenced to 16 years and six months jail with a non-parole period of 12 years and four months.
However, his sentence was this month reduced on appeal in the Supreme Court on the grounds it was “manifestly excessive”.
The appeal court found while there was no error in considering the crimes in the “high-range” of offending, the original sentence did not adequately consider the reduction for his guilty plea.
The girl told the court in her victim impact statement she felt “like he’s taken my whole life and my dignity” and “he’s ruined everything, not just for me but for my whole family”.