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Abuse victim's mum seeks sentence rise
A far North Queensland mother who saved the life of the man who molested her 11-year-old daughter says
she will continue to fight tooth and nail for his sentence to be increased after the Attorney-General's
appeal against it was heard in court yesterday.
The woman was confronted with a gut-wrenching moral dilemma when she discovered the almost-lifeless
body of the man after he tried to commit suicide in the wake of the allegations in 2011, and she says
she regrets the decision every day.
He was sentenced to five years' jail last September after pleading guilty to rape and indecent treatment,
but the term will be suspended after he serves two-and-a-half years' - meaning he will be placed back into
the community without supervision.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie's bid to have the term increased to an eight-year sentence
with parole after serving three to four years - which would guarantee supervision in the
community - began in the Cairns Supreme Court yesterday.
The victim's mother was pleased with what she heard.
"I think they (the crown) fought a lot harder this time," she said. "He should be out on parole, not just let out.
"A sentence with ... parole would be something worth celebrating."
Senior counsel for the Attorney-General, Michael Byrne, told the Queensland Court of Appeal
the original sentence handed down by Chief Judge Patricia Wolfe was "unusual".
The man's lawyer, Tony Glynn SC, argued the sentence was not unusual and had taken
into account his client's "significant remorse and shame" as well as steps to rehabilitate himself.
The Court of Appeal will hand down its decision at a later date.
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