Man accused of torturing boy, 3 in court

THE man accused of torture and grievous bodily harm against a three-year-old who wandered into a Sunshine Coast service station bleeding profusely with cigarette burn marks on his body appeared in the Maroochydore District Court today.

The buff-looking 22-year-old man looked straight ahead as Judge John Robertson considered sentencing after he pleaded guilty to all the alarming charges of abuse on the little boy.

But the case had to be adjourned due to a legal question as to the length of time the abuse occurred for.

The Legal Aid appointed defense lawyer argued the abuse, which included both of the boy's eyes swelling closed, lacerations, burn marks and a deep injury under the chin only took place over a week.

Judge Robertson understood the abuse took place during the six weeks the child was in his mother's care.  She appeared in court last week and was received a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to a cruelty charge.

He ordered the case to be adjourned for the prosecution to obtain medical advice showing the likelihood of the period of time the injuries took place over.

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