Rapist father made daughter ‘pinky promise’ not to tell
A FATHER who made his young daughter "pinky promise" that she would not tell anyone he had raped her has appealed his sentence because it "seems harsh".
The 37-year-old was sentenced to 9 years' jail in Maryborough District Court last year after he was found guilty of raping his seven-year-old daughter.
During his sentence, the court heard disturbing details of how the man locked the doors and windows to prevent his daughter from escaping the abuse and continued even after she asked him to stop because it was hurting.
Judge David Reid said it was appalling predatory conduct and told the man that by binding the young girl with a pinky promise he had betrayed: "the innate trust that your daughter had in you".
Her mother had also asked the girl to be silent so her father would not get in trouble, the court was told.
After a three-day trial, the man was convicted of two counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and two counts of aggravated indecent treatment of a child.
He was ordered to serve at least 5 years behind bars.
The father took his sentence to the Supreme Court of Queensland arguing that it was too high.
"Compared to similar cases my sentence seems harsh," the self-represented father wrote on his notice of appeal.
He appealed on the grounds that he was not given enough credit for the fact that there was only one victim and he had no prior criminal history.
The father initially filed to overturn his conviction believing that the two counts of rape would have been downgraded to attempted rape.
But he said he had abandoned this because he "did not want to put his family through the trauma of a retrial".
Justice Peter Applegarth upheld the sentence, ruling that nine years was an appropriate sentence, especially given "the serious and enduring consequences" his crimes have had on the young girl.
"There was the betrayal of trust by a father towards a vulnerable seven-year-old," Justice Applegarth said. - NewsRegional
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