Dad who sexually abused daughters refused sentence reduction
AN IPSWICH man has lost an appeal to reduce a 17-year jail sentence for molesting his three daughters over a 13-year period. The offences included tying up a child, who had disabilities, with chicken wire.
The Springfield man, who cannot be named to protect his daughters' identities, would regularly rape his youngest daughter - who has cerebral palsy, chronic arthritis and an IQ of 62 - while her mother was at work.
He would tie the child's legs and arms together with rope or chicken wire, tape her mouth and blindfold her with a bandanna before touching or raping her.
The offences began when she was 11 years of age.
In subsequent years he would handcuff her, tell her he would murder her if she told anyone and even involved a female friend of his in the abuse.
The man also sexually abused his oldest daughter from the age 10 to age 16 and his middle daughter from age seven to age 15.
They were declared serious violent offences at the sentencing. Under the law, this means the man must serve 80% of the 17-year term before he becomes eligible to apply for parole.
The man, who was aged 27 when he began offending, and 40 when he stopped, said he was abused physically and sexually as a child himself.
When he argued the sentence was too high in the Queensland Court of Appeal he pointed to jail overcrowding and inmate violence problems as reasons his sentence should be lower.
The man claimed he only pleaded guilty to the offences against his youngest daughter to spare her the ordeal of testifying. That came after two trials for similar offences against his other daughters.
In a written judgment, Justice Cate Holmes said the sentence, though high, was not manifestly so.
"The applicant's offending against his three natural daughters over a 13-year period was egregious, involving a variety of forms of sexual abuse by the person to whom the three girls should have been able to look for protection," she said.
"His abuse of (his youngest daughter) was particularly heinous; it involved considerable cruelty to a child who was utterly vulnerable."