Asylum seeker faces deportation after offence against child

A JURY has taken less than three hours to find a man guilty of accosting a teenage boy in the Ipswich City Library.

Wajid Ali, 24, pleaded not guilty this week in Ipswich District Court to the indecent treatment of a child stemming from an incident on June 26, 2013 in a secluded section of the library.

But a jury found otherwise.

The Queensland Times can now reveal this is the second time Ali has faced trial over these charges.

Ali was found guilty in Ipswich District Court last year but appealed the decision to state's highest court who ordered a re-trial after finding an issue with a point of law.

The Queensland Times can also reveal the Pakistani asylum seeker was flown up from Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney earlier this week for the trial.

He has been housed in another detention centre at Pinkenba in Brisbane and has been under guard throughout his three day trial.

The court has heard Ali approached the boy on two occasions in the library where he acted inappropriately towards him.

The victim, then 14, told the court Ali attempted to interact with him before rubbing his groin area against the young boy and attempting to kiss him on the neck.

The victim told the court Ali had an erection during the interactions with him.

He also told the court Ali tried to lure him to his car.

Crown prosecutor Noel Needham told the court during sentencing on Wednesday Ali arrived in Darwin in June, 2012 via boat.

He said his visa had been revoked and would now likely be deported due to the criminal conviction.

Defence barrister James Benjamin said Ali fled to Australia from Pakistan to avoid persecution.

He said he left behind his wife and two small children.

"His wife has since fallen ill and has been hospitalised for an extended period of time," he said.

"He learnt while in detention of a bomb attack in a Kurram marketplace last December which resulted in the death of several family members."

Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren sentenced Ali to a 12 month good behaviour bond.

He said he had to take into account the 25 months Ali had spent in either custody or immigration detention when structuring the sentence.