Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Convicted Child Molester Takes Case to Highest Court

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Convicted Child Molester Takes Case to Highest Court

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Pamela Frost

news@dailymercury.com.au

A FATHER who was convicted of molesting his daughter at their home in Mackay is fighting his case in Queensland's highest court.

The man, who cannot be named to protect his daughter's identity, was convicted of one count of indecently dealing with his daughter, which stemmed from an incident in 2003 when he was caught in the girl's bed.

At the Queensland Court of Appeal on Wednesday, the man's barrister Michael Copley argued that the guilty verdict for this offence was unreasonable and was inconsistent with two other counts the jury had found him not guilty of.

The man was convicted for indecently dealing with his daughter after the jury heard evidence about how he had been in bed with the girl when the mother walked into the room and turned on the light. The girl's underpants had been pulled down. Mr Copley said the victim said she did not know what was happening at the time and that she could have found out what happened from her mother. …

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