Man gets 3 years for sexual assault

Girlfriend’s daughter was victim

A man has been sentenced to three
years in prison after pleading guilty early this year to seven counts of
defilement and five counts of indecent assault against the teenage daughter of
his girlfriend.

Justice Alexander Henderson also
recommended on Friday deportation after the man’s release.

The man, who was 32 at the time, is
not being named, since his identification could lead to identification of the
girl, who was 14 at the time.

Many of the incidents occurred
while the girl shared a bed with her mother and the man.

The judge noted that the man was in
a relationship with the girl’s mother and living with her. “Although the
premises apparently had two bedrooms, for reasons which are unexplained, all
three slept in the same bed repeatedly.”

On other occasions, according to
Crown Counsel Tanya Lobban, the man assaulted the girl at his workplace.

Three months after the incidents
began, the situation was bought to the attention of police. The man was
interviewed and made full admissions. He claimed, however, that he had been
seduced by the girl and succumbed to temptation.

After hearing the background of the
case, the judge heard mitigation from Defence Attorney Lucy Organ.

Ms Organ emphasised the man’s
guilty pleas and admissions when he was interviewed by police. He took full
responsibilty for all conduct alleged against him. The only caveat was that he
said no force was used at any time.

She also said the man had no
previous convictions of any kind.

In passing sentence, Justice
Henderson said there did not appear to be any aggravating factors. The range of
sentence in this type of offence is two to six years. In the judge’s view, this
case placed in the middle of that range. He took four years as a starting point
and deducted one year for the guilty pleas.

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