Man, 71, jailed for rape of his own daughter

A 71-YEAR-OLD man found guilty by a Toowoomba District Court jury of repeatedly molesting and raping his daughter has been jailed for nine years.

The man, who cannot be named so as to protect the identity of his victim, had pleaded not guilty to 15 charges including counts of indecent treatment of a child under 12, rape, attempted rape and assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed.

Crown prosecutor Shontelle Petrie told the court the incidents dated to the 1970s when the complainant girl was between five and 11 years of age.

The man's last attack on his daughter was when she was 15 years old.

He had used various forms of threats to stop his daughter from telling anyone about the sexual abuse and she had not gone to police until 2014.

This was the second time the case had been put to trial with the initial trial finishing in a hung jury.

Ms Petrie submitted the man had shown no remorse whatsoever and that his daughter had to twice go through giving evidence before the court.

Bravely, the woman stood and read her victim impact statement to the court, telling of the devastating effect her father's appalling behaviour had had on her life and how she had been isolated and reserved from her siblings and school friends because of it.

She said she still suffered to this day despite having a family of her own and having achieved a high level occupation in which she held a management position.

Judge Craig Chowdhury was scathing of the man's "revolting and serious" offending.

"Your oldest daughter was robbed of her childhood because you couldn't contain your sexual urges," Judge Chowdhury told the man.

"How a father could do that to his own daughter is beyond belief."

Judge Chowdhury said he hoped the victim woman with professional help and time could somehow put this behind her now.

Judge Chowdhury said he would take the man's age and failing health into account and reduce the sentence somewhat.

He sentenced the man to nine years imprisonment but declined to make any recommendation for early parole.

However, as is normal course, the prisoner will be able to apply for release on parole after serving half of the sentence.

The maximum sentence for rape in Queensland is life in prison. 



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