Seven years jail for raping boy
A 62-YEAR-old Gladstone man has been jailed for seven years for the rape of an eight-year-old boy.
The man, who can't be identified, appeared in Gladstone District Court yesterday charged with four counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16, attempted rape and rape.
The offences occurred over a period between January 1, 2008, and April 13, 2009, and the defendant pleaded guilty to all charges. Crown prosecutor Shaun Gordon told the court the defendant lived a few doors down from the boy and his family and had become friends with the boy's dad.
The boy used to visit the defendant after school and on weekends and the defendant had been giving the boy gifts.
On one occasion, when the boy visited the defendant, they watched a pornographic movie and drank beer before the defendant inappropriately touched him. On another occassion he gave the boy rum before performing lewd acts on the boy.
The boy told his parents about the incidents and they reported it to police on March 28 this year.
“I submit a five to ten-year jail sentence. He groomed the child, rewarded him, gave him alcohol and broke the trust of the boy and his parents,” Mr Gordon said.
Defence barrister David Murray said his client had never had any homosexual or paedophilia tendencies prior to this offence.
The man has lived in Gladstone for 36 years and is married.
“He is a basic, uneducated, simple man who felt lonely and rejected and it was not predatory behaviour,” Mr Murray said.
Judge Tutt sentenced the man to seven years jail for rape and four years jail each for all other offences to be served concurrently.
“This offence is as despicable as it is criminal,” Judge Tutt said.