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High Court quashes child abuser's hope of appeal

A WESTERN Queensland man who sexually abused his daughter about three times a week after separating from the girl's mother has been refused a High Court hearing.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his daughter, was sentenced in Charleville District Court in 2012 to eight years jail after being convicted of maintaining a sexual relationship with the girl for seven months.

He forced the girl, aged 13 and 14, to have to have sex with him in the family home until she went to live with her mother in 2009.

The sentencing judge found the man used his status as her father to exercise his authority over her and intimidate her "such that she felt she had no choice but to go along with the acts".

The man, who was aged 45 and 46 when he offended, unsuccessfully tried to argue in the Queensland Court of Appeal that he had suffered a miscarriage of justice and the verdict were unsafe and unsatisfactory.

When the case came before the High Court of Australia, Justice Susan Kiefel said special leave should be refused so there would be no point in granting a time extension.

"The applicant has not identified sufficient reasons for doubting the correctness of the Court of Appeal's decision," she said.

- APN Newsdesk



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