Child molester loses appeal
AN Ipswich dad accused of molesting his six-year-old daughter often when she visited him has lost his appeal.
The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his daughter, was convicted in Ipswich District Court last November of maintaining a sexual relationship with the girl between December, 2011, and July, 2012.
He was sentenced to four years jail, suspended from May, 2015.
He argued the jury's verdict was unreasonable and the trial judge erred in his directions.
Justice Hugh Fraser, in a Queensland Court of Appeal judgment handed down on Friday, dismissed the appeal.
He noted the girl's first version to police was detailed, her second interview 26 days later showed she was reluctant to discuss it further and she genuinely had trouble remembering by the time her pre-recording for the court trial.
"The trial judge directed the jury to take into account the consistencies and inconsistencies between her versions, and what she had said that she could not remember, directing the jury that these were important things in assessing credibility," he said.
"The jury evidently accepted the credibility and reliability of the statements made by the complainant in her first police interview.
"It was reasonably open to the jury to be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the appellant was guilty."