Booval paedophile pleads guilty to charges

By Andrew Korner

THE sentencing of a man facing 17 counts of indecent dealing with children under 14 has been adjourned so that a psychiatric report can be prepared.

Ipswich District Court yesterday was told the 56-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victims, fondled and improperly touched four boys during the 13-year period spanning 1977 to 1991.

Crown Prosecutor Ron Swanwick said three of the victims were nephews of the defendant, while the fourth knew his attacker through a scout group.

Mr Swanwick said the offences occurred during numerous camping trips to Binna Burra at Lamington National Park, as well as at the defendant's Booval residence.

The balding, grey-haired defendant pleaded guilty to all 17 counts while some of his victims and their families looked on in court yesterday.

Defence barrister Scott Lynch said his client was the victim of sexual abuse at a young age.

Judge Deborah Richards ordered a pre-sentence report on the defendant and adjourned sentencing until November 3.



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