Man jailed for raping his younger sister
A THEN juvenile who raped his younger sister over a six-year period in their Ipswich home during the 90s and 00s has been jailed for five years.
He will be eligible for release after serving 18 months of the sentence.
The man, who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of his sister, pleaded guilty in May this year to seven rape offences that occurred between 1995 and 2001 when he was aged between 13 and 19 years old.
His sister was between four and 10 years old at the time of the offences.
Crown Prosecutor Chris Minnery told the man's sentencing hearing on Wednesday in the Brisbane District Court all the offences involved actual penile rape.
He said the man, now aged 32, went on the run for seven years after his sister told his family who then alerted police about what had occurred.
"The offending occurred in or near the family home," he said.
"His sister told their parents what had occurred in December, 2004, and when the man knew his family were aware of the allegations and that police wanted to speak with him he took off.
"He was not located again until July, 2011.
"He initially denied the allegations to police and said his sister was making them up."
Mr Minnery read out the sister's victim impact statement to the court where she described in detail the affect her brother's offending had on her.
"She was absolutely devastated by the offending," he said.
"She has attempted suicide on numerous occasions, feels abandoned by her family and has significant trust issues.
"She has described the road to justice as a long and lonely one."
Defence barrister Julian Nord told the court the man had an extremely troubled upbringing and had suffered social exclusion for the majority of his life.
He said the man's father brutalised him and the level of care you would expect from parents, who were present in court, was not afforded in the case.
"This is a complicated matter given the historic nature of the offences," he said.
"It is evident my client was not a happy child who had a very dysfunctional upbringing.
"His parents were less than caring towards him throughout his childhood.
"His father was severe towards him and in some respects brutal."
Judge Anthony Rafter, who sentenced the man as an adult although he was a juvenile at the time of the offences, said it was evident his sister had suffered greatly in the years after the offences occurring.
"The abuse against your sister only stopped when you left the family home," he said.
"You have shown absolutely no remorse for you actions.
"Your sister has suffered terribly as a result of your offending and sadly she has lacked any family support."
Judge Rafter ordered the man be released on parole on February, 5, 2016.