Jailed rapist tried to make victim recant her story
A MAN who is serving a 15-year jail term for raping his stepdaughter tried to talk the victim out of taking the matter to the police.
The 39-year-old Gatton man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, yesterday pleaded guilty in the Ipswich District Court to attempting to pervert the course of justice and possessing dangerous drugs.
The court heard in June 2011 the young girl made a statement about the rapes to the police.
The next day the man confronted her to try convincing her to recant the statement and discontinue any charges.
He did not threaten her or assault her in attempting to make her drop the charges.
He is now serving a 15-year prison term for the rapes which he was found guilty of at a trial earlier in the year.
Judge Deborah Richards said as the man didn't threaten or hurt the girl, but rather pleaded with her to recant her statement. His attempt to pervert the course of justice was at the lowest end of the charge.
Judge Richards sentenced him to 12 months prison for attempting to pervert the court of justice and one month for possessing 3.6grams of cannabis.
The two prison terms will be run concurrently with his existing sentence.
The man will be behind bars until his parole release date in 2025, with a full-time release date in 2028.