Man guilty of indecent dealing with young girl but not rape
A FORMER Mackay miner has been found guilty of indecently dealing with his partner's daughter, but not guilty of raping the young Ipswich girl.
The man began touching the girl, then aged nine, when she was forced to live with his mother in Mackay in 2005.
The girl, one of four children, had been living in Collingwood Park at Ipswich but stayed with the man's mother in Beaconsfield while her mother was being treated at the Mackay Base Hospital for a mental health issue.
The family stayed in Mackay, where some of the offending occurred, until early 2007 when they returned to Collingwood Park.
The man, who cannot be named to protect the girl's identity, had been involved in an on-again, off-again relationship with the girl's mother. He had been a colleague of the girl's father.
His trial first began in Brisbane District Court in the first week in September this year but was declared a mistrial after a witness gave evidence that was later argued to be inadmissible before the jury.
The matter was also declared in mistrial in 2012 for the same reason.
The court heard the offending came to light about two years after the man had moved out and she eventually spoke to Ipswich police.
He was initially charged with four counts of indecent treatment of a child under 12 by a carer and one count of rape with an alternate charge of indecent treatment of a child under 12 by a carer.
He was found guilty this week of the five counts of indecent treatment, but acquitted of the rape.
Similar charges had also been laid against the man in relation to an older sister of the girl, but he was acquitted in 2013 after a trial.
The man was jailed for four years. He will be eligible for parole on February 11, 2016.