Man jailed for attempted rape of his 5-year-old daughter

A MAN, 33, was yesterday jailed for the attempted rape and sexual assault of his five-year-old daughter.

The father of five was sentenced in Townsville District Court on 12 criminal offences ranging from indecent treatment of a child, attempted rape and threatening a child.

Judge Stuart Durward said the offending had happened over several years and the man had destroyed any semblance of trust between himself and his daughter.

"Your behaviour has caused her to lose the innocence of childhood," he said.

"Your conduct would be considered by decent people disgraceful and disgusting.

"If you don't feel ashamed, you should."

The court was told the man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, had begun a history of sexual assault which had started with a female cousin aged between six and eight years old when he began to touch her and rub his penis on her between 1998 to 2006.

Part of yesterday's sentencing included these previous offences and took into account the fact that the man had been a teenager at the time they happened.

In 2007, the man tried to rape his five-year-old daughter and continued to groom her until he was charged in 2014.

Judge Durward said the man had showed his daughter pornography and would make her touch his penis.

He would also tell the girl not to tell her mother.

Judge Durward said the man had also breached a domestic violence order when he approached his ex-wife to drop the charges against him.

"In view of the serious ­nature of your behaviour, there is no option than to impose terms of imprisonment," he said.

The man was sentenced on one count of attempted rape, several counts of indecent treatment of a child, breach of bail and domestic violence breaches for attempting to coerce his wife.

With 588 days already served, the man will be eligible for parole on January 21, 2018.

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