Man who had sexual relations with daughter appeals verdict

A ROCKHAMPTON father found guilty of maintaining a sexual relationship with his young daughter has been denied an appeal against his convictions.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his daughter, was found guilty in May of committing four sexual offences against the girl.

But the jury acquitted him of six other sexual charges against his daughter.

He put forward three arguments to the Queensland Court of Appeal.

The man argued the not guilty verdicts suggested the jury had concerns about the credibility or reliability of the young girl.

The second and third related to a juror being discharged during the man's trial.

The man argued there had been an irregularity in the way the juror was discharged and there was insufficient information to support her discharge.

On the morning on the fourth day of the trial, the trial judge received a note from jurors stating they were concerned one member seemed to believe Facebook was more important than her role as juror.

Court of Appeal Justice Hugh Fraser, in a judgment handed down on Friday, dismissed the appeal.

- APN NEWSDESK



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