A man who subjected his girlfriend’s little sister to sickening abuse for five-and-a-half years was supported by his partner in court as he was sentenced over the horrific abuse.
The 25-year-old, who has not been named to protect the victim’s identity, appeared this week in Townsville District Court, where he pleaded guilty to rape, indecent treatment of a child under 12, and seven counts of sexual conduct with a child.
The court heard the victim was only eight when the abuse began at the family home in Burdekin, reports the Townsville Bulletin.
She woke to her sister’s boyfriend, then aged 16, performing a sex act on her.
The girl was also raped on one occasion. The details of the abuse are too graphic to publish.
The 25-year-old was sentenced in Townsville District Court after he pleaded guilty to rape, indecent treatment of a child under 12, and seven counts of sexual conduct with a child
The harrowing details also shocked the judge.
‘It’s almost sociopathic, he has no empathy for the person who he’s offended,’ Judge Michael Burnett said.
The court heard that after the family relocated to the Whitsundays region, the offending became more frequent with the pair having intercourse several times a week while the victim’s older sister was not home.
The sickening behaviour was only revealed in January 2022 when the older sister became suspicious and called an ambulance to the home following an argument, after which the young girl told paramedics what had been happening.
Crown prosecutor Andrew Walklate said the offender manipulated and isolated the victim, telling her he ‘ruined her life’ because of his own poor mental health.
The man was in a ‘position of trust’ by being in a relationship with – and having children with – the girl’s older sibling.
The older sister, who is still with the man, stood at the back of the court with their children as he was sentenced this week.
Mr Walklate read out the girl’s heartbreaking impact statement to the court.
‘Before the offence I used to love sports, school, hanging out with family and friends,’ the girl’s impact statement read.
‘After the offence I pushed everyone away to be alone. I had trust issues with everyone including my mum, sister, teachers and friends. This went on for ages until I told them, it really hurt knowing they didn’t believe me.
‘I felt alone and worthless.’
The sickening behaviour was only revealed in January 2022 when the older sister became suspicious and called an ambulance to the home following an argument, after which the young girl told paramedics what had been happening (stock image)
Defence barrister Ross Malcomson told the court the man was young himself when the offences began.
He said his client wanted the case finalised so he could move on but acknowledged he had to face the consequences of his actions.
The man was sentenced to nine years’ jail.
He is eligible for parole in four years’ time.
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