Man convicted of raping daughter

ALMOST six years after being charged, a 46-year-old Maryborough man has been convicted of the rape and incest of his intellectually impaired daughter.

Yesterday, in the Maroochydore District Court, the man, who cannot be named, was convicted of two counts of rape, two counts of incest, and one of attempting to procure an indecent act from an intellectually impaired person.

The convictions stem from offences committed between 2003 and 2004, when the girl was aged 16 and 17.

Over the course of the trial, which lasted three days, the court heard the man forced his daughter to have sex, offered her money to perform sexual favours and stopped her telling other people by bribing her with cheese.

A sentence will be handed down at a date to be fixed, while the man, who remained self-represented throughout the trial, finds legal representation.

Judge John Robertson said the man “will be facing a considerable time in prison” and should see the “good sense” in getting legal representation.

Mr Robertson said that since the man was charged in 2004, he had “conscientiously gone through more solicitors and barristers than I’ve ever seen in any trial”. Mr Robertson also commented the man had frustrated attempts to have his mental health assessed.

After the verdict was announced the man’s mother, who was his spokeswoman throughout the trial, broke down in tears.

As her son was handcuffed and taken into custody she had just one question: “Will he be coming home today?”

The man’s sentencing date will be set next Wednesday.

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