‘Sick’ grandfather sent to jail

A 51-YEAR-OLD man who sexually abused his three-year-old grand-daughter while driving to a fast food restaurant in Hervey Bay admitted yesterday in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court that his actions were “sick”.

The man, who molested two of his grand-daughters and a niece, was sentenced to four years jail after pleading guilty to 12 charges, including 11 counts of indecent dealing with a child under the age of 12 and one count of possessing child pornographic material.

He cannot be identified and has already served seven months in custody, meaning he will be free by October 21 this year, his sentence to be suspended after 16 months.

In a period spanning from late 2001 to 2008 the man molested the girls, aged between two and 11, in homes at Caloundra, Hervey Bay and Meadowbrook.

At the time the offences occurred one of the victims, the man’s grand-daughter, was aged between two and three years old.

The first offence occurred in late 2001 at a family barbecue held at the man’s Meadowbrook home.

Between 2003 and 2008 the man molested one of his grand-daughters, the offences beginning when she was five years old and ending when she was 11.

On the first occasion, which occurred at Pandanus Sands, Caloundra, the man told his grand-daughter he would buy her a new Bratz doll and give her $15 if she let him touch her.

Between 2005 and 2008, when the man was living in Hervey Bay, he asked his grand-daughter to participate in sexual activities.

While living in Hervey Bay, between 2007 and 2008, the man began molesting a second grandchild, who was 2 when the fist offence happened.

The final offence happened when the man took the girl, at the time three years old, to a fast food restaurant.

Judge John Robertson said the man’s actions were “disgraceful” and a “gross breach of trust”.

“It’s almost beyond description how a grandfather would allow himself to behave in such a manner towards a child who is his own flesh and blood,” Mr Robertson said.

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