Mum's intuition reveals father raped five-year-old daughter
A ROCKHAMPTON father who raped his five-year-old daughter was caught after the girl's mother came home from work early one day.
The 30-year-old man, who by law cannot be named, was sentenced in the District Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to two counts of rape.
The court heard that on the afternoon of the second offence, the dad had collected his daughter from school.
They were at home watching television when the offending happened.
When the girl's mother arrived home from work early, she perceived that something was not right.
She questioned the father before talking to the child.
The girl disclosed that her dad had touched her and that it had happened once before.
When the mother remonstrated with the father, he initially denied any wrongdoing before saying: "I don't know why I did it, I need help."
During a police interview, the father provided details of another event which resulted in the first charge.
Judge Michael Burnett said without those details it was unlikely the Crown could have prosecuted the dad in respect of that count.
Mr Burnett said that concession, in his view, supported submissions made that the dad was shamed and deeply remorseful for what he'd done.
"The offending here, of course, is particularly significant because it involves the penetration of your daughter on two occasions," Mr Burnett said.
The dad had been in custody since the police interview in June last year.
Mr Burnett said the offending had a significant impact on both the child and the child's mother, as was outlined in their statements.
"There is an observation that the child misses her father," Mr Burnett said.
"That is a reflection of the child's present incapacity to understand the significance of what you (dad) did. But in the course of time, she will come to understand what a grievous breach of trust was occasioned by your conduct on these two occasions, and she will have to deal with that."
The man was sentenced to three years' jail, suspended after 260 days which was the time spent in pre-sentence custody. The sentence has an operational period of five years and includes 18 months' probation with conditions aimed to assist with rehabilitation.
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