Legal advice sought over five-year child abuse sentence appeal
THE STATE%u2019S Attorney-General has today sought advice on whether he can appeal the five-year sentence handed to a Far Northern man charged with raping the 11-year-old daughter of a woman who later saved his life.
The mother was confronted with the gut-wrenching moral dilemma after the man, who was her ex-partner, tried to commit suicide in the wake of charges being laid in 2011.
Last Tuesday, he was sentenced in Cairns District Court to five years’ jail after he pleaded guilty to the rape and indecent treatment the woman’s daughter over about three months in 2010 and 2011.
He was ordered to serve half of the sentence behind bars.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has asked the Director of Public Prosecutions whether the sentence can be appealed on grounds of inadequacy.
Full report in tomorrow's The Weekend Post
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