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Appeal on nine-month jail sentence of child sex offender

THE family of an eight-year-old boy, who was raped by a trusted family friend, with the offender filming the act on his mobile phone, is "over the moon" that his nine-month jail sentence will be appealed by the Attorney General.

"That sentence shouldn't have been handed down in the first place, we're floating on cloud nine at the moment, it's well overdue," the boy's mother said.

"It feels like finally we might get some justice now for my son."

On January 13, Christopher John McCoy, 21, of Kingaroy, was jailed for three years, to be suspended after serving nine months, for eight offences at Little Mountain in January last year.

His jail term was reduced because the charges were unlikely to have proceeded without his own confession.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie has now instructed the Director of Public Prosecutions to appeal the sentence.

The boy's mother said he has been receiving counselling ever since the attack.

"He has been since three weeks after it happened; he's been doing it for 12 months now," she said.

"He still won't open up or talk about it; he still has nightmares about it."

"Anything that is related to him sets off triggers that he gets terrified of. He can't be in a room with the door closed. "So, no progress but we'll keep doing what we have to do."

The Attorney-General has advised Crown Prosecutors that he is of the view that the sentences in these matters is manifestly inadequate, is not in line with community expectations, does not set an adequate deterrent and must be appealed.

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