Man jailed for raping grandkids

A GRANDFATHER who raped his young granddaughters repeatedly for two years while their mother left them in his care has been sentenced to nine years prison.

The 70-year-old Bellbird Park man, who cannot be named to protect his victims, had been found guilty of raping his eldest granddaughter after a trial.

The girl was aged six to eight years during the abuse, but the conviction was overturned on appeal.

It was before the start of the trial into sexual abuse of the second granddaughter, who was aged five to seven years at the time, that the man finally pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawfully maintaining a sexual relationship with a child under 16 years of age.

Ipswich District Court heard the man's daughter would frequently drop her two daughters, his grandchildren, at his home to be looked after before and after school while she worked.

It was here the man would rape the children, offering the eldest one bribes and gifts in exchange for her silence.

A victim impact statement written by the girls' mother said there had been significant effects on her daughters but the real impact wouldn't be known until they were older.

Crown prosecutor Caroline Marko said the grandfather had shown no remorse by taking the case to trial, had manipulated the children and had breached his position of trust.

The court heard the man's wife and his other children had stuck by him during the past two years of legal proceedings, and the mother of the victims had been ostracised from the family because she chose to press charges.

The man was sentenced to nine years jail and will be eligible to apply for parole on November 11, 2016.

Judge Deborah Richards said there would be significant emotional injuries to the girls and their mother, despite there being no gratuitous violence.

Judge Richards said the mother had relied on her father's help with her daughters and he grossly abused her trust.

Defence barrister Steve Kissick said the man intended to move to New Zealand after his release from prison.

As the man was leaving the dock to be taken to prison, he pointed his finger at the victims' mother and said "you killed me".

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