A teenage boy who was given a 14-year sentence for sex abuse has been given a conditional discharge and will be eligible for parole in the early 2020s.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was convicted of raping and abusing a four-year-old girl he was staying with at his mother’s house in 2010.
The court heard that the boy had abused a 13-year old girl before the two started a relationship, and that the girl was pregnant when she was abused.
The victim was aged 11 and had not been told she was being raped, the court heard.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault and one count of indecency with a child.
The offences were committed between February 10, 2010 and February 17, 2016.
The maximum penalty for the offences is 14 years’ jail.
He had been serving the minimum term for the sexual offences of a child when he was convicted, but was given an additional 13 years when the sentencing judge told him he could receive a sentence of more than 30 years in jail.
The sentencing judge said the boy’s conviction had not resulted in a conviction for any sexual offences involving a child, but the court was concerned about the impact of the child-sex offence.
Judge Patrick O’Connor said that, in the interests of justice, he was satisfied that the victim’s welfare was a significant consideration in determining the sentence, and was satisfied the boy would be eligible to receive parole.
He said the court understood that the father of the victim was the sole provider of the boy, and had also helped to establish his relationship with the boy.
Judge O’Conner said the family’s relationship had deteriorated after the child’s mother reported him to police, but that the family had been in touch with the police to try to resolve the matter.
“The court does not believe there has been any inappropriate relationship between the victim and the boy,” he said.
“This relationship was formed by the father’s actions and those actions were of a consensual nature.”
The court was told that the child was not in the care of the father, but lived with the mother.
The mother told the court the boy told her that she was a “monster”, and she believed he had been abused by the man.
The girl said that she did not know the victim, and did not feel safe around him, the judge said.