Man admits incest with teenage daughter on Facebook
A MACKAY region man will be eligible for parole next year after pleading guilty to 30 counts of incest and one count of maintaining a sexual relationship with his biological daughter.
Crown prosecutor Nigel Rees told the District Court in Mackay that the now 50-year-old man had had sex with his daughter when she was between the ages of 14 and 18.
Mr Rees told the court that on February 23 last year the man, after a fight with his daughter, had written on his Facebook page that he had been in a sexual relationship with the teenaged girl for five years.
"He said he knew it was wrong, he was sorry, and he wanted to end his life," Mr Rees said.
He said the man would use sex as a mechanism to control his daughter.
"(She) said she was petrified of him, she said he was a controlling, overbearing man, with whom she felt powerless to refuse his advances," Mr Rees said.
"She said she never said anything because she thought she would be in trouble."
When the girl turned 16, she and her father had sex "a number of times per week" the court was told.
Mr Rees said that six weeks before the police interviewed the girl she had gone to live at her mother's house.
The victim read out an impact statement at her father's sentencing.
The now 19-year-old said she had suffered from mental illness, nightmares, depression and stress as a result of her abuse.
She said she had been unable to work as she was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.
Defence barrister Scott McLennan said the man felt "enormous guilt" and had been suicidal and depressed at the time he posted the Facebook status.
He said that in May last year, while in custody, the man had formed a new relationship with a woman he'd known prior to his arrest.
Judge Brian Harrison said it had been "very courageous" of the girl to deliver a victim impact statement in person.
He said the man had normalised incestuous behaviour when the girl had been at a vulnerable age.
Judge Harrison took into account the man's admissions to police and early guilty plea.
"Whilst the offending can never be condoned, at least what you've done since then has potentially minimised the impact of the whole legal process on her," he said.
The man was sentenced to eight years in prison. As he had already been in custody for 382 days, he will be eligible for parole on August 23 next year.