Digital rape sentence upheld by Court of Appeal

AN Ipswich man who digitally raped a seven-year-old girl while she was "keeping him warm" has been refused a shorter sentence.

Douglas Phillip Allan Lee, 35 at the time of the rape, was sentenced after a trial in Ipswich District Court in June this year to 3.5 years jail with parole eligibility after serving half.

The man, who had just met the girl, admitted tickling her on a mattress in her room on May 8, 2011, but denied touching her genital area.

The girl exited the room limping and crying.

Lee argued in the Court of Appeal that his sentence was manifestly excessive, noting he had no previous sexual offending.

But Justice Margaret White found, with support from two other Court of Appeal justices, that the sentence was not manifestly excessive when compared to other cases and noting his "lengthy" criminal history could be taken into account.

"The nature of the injury to the (girl) observed by the paediatrician and the distress it caused her suggested this was no 'mere' digital penetration but a severe assault," she said in a judgment delivered on Friday.

The appeal was dismissed.

Topics:  court of appeal ipswich district court rape

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Rhonda McLucas going coast to coast across the UK for a cure

ROCKY ROAD: Gatton Real Estate principal Rhonda McLucas undertook the West Highland Way walk in 2017.

Rhonda McLucas is taking on the Coast to Coast Walk for a cause.

Awarded for passion

DEDICATION RECOGNISED: Lockyer District State High teacher Belinda Try, centre, holds her Certificate of Commendation that she was presented at a ceremony in Brisbane.

Teacher's passion and leadership recognised

Fifth-generation Brimblecombe takes over the family farm

RUNNING THE SHOW: Forest Hill farmer Mitch Brimblecombe inspects a newly planted crop.

Forest Hill farmer Mitch Brimblecombe is running the family farm.

Local Partners