Woman's victim impact statement brought lawyers to tears


HER abuse at the hands of her father was described by the sentencing judge as "revolting", "horrifying", "completely wicked and abhorrent".

As the victim read her victim impact statement to the Rockhampton District Court today the enormity of her suffering reduced two lawyers at the bar table to tears.

The statement was read in front of her father, who pleaded guilty to a range of sexual offences against her and one charge against his sister-in-law.

She told of how she had always looked up to her father, but now he was the only person in the world she feared.

She described being unable to form relationships and how she wanted her life to reflect nothing of him.

Earlier, Crown prosecutor Ryder Reid told the court details of the terrible abuse suffered by the defendant's daughter and his sister-in-law.

The first offence dates back to between 1996 and 1997 when the defendant got his sister-in-law, then 13, drunk.

Mr Reid told the court the defendant, in his late 40's, began abusing his daughter in 2004 over a period of one year and 10 months when she was 11 to 12 years old.

The case was supposed to go to trial in 2007 but the defendant absconded to Kalgoorlie, alleging he fled as he planned to commit suicide.

In 2015 Crime Stoppers received a tip off of his whereabouts and he was extradited back to Queensland for trial.

Details of the abuse were graphic.

Judge Burnett described the abuse as "revolting", horrifying", "completely wicked and abhorrent".

The man was sentenced to 7 and a half years imprisonment for the 11 offences against his daughter and three years for the offence against his sister-in-law.

He will be eligible for parole after 4 and a half years in May 2020.

The sentences will be served cumulatively.


A ROCKHAMPTON father has been sentenced to 10 and half years in prison after pleading guilty to a range of sex charges this afternoon.

The Rockhampton District Court heard graphic details of 11 counts of him offending against his daughter and one count of offending against his sister-in-law.

The victims were 11 and 13 at the time of offending respectively.

A more in-depth report is to follow.

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