Mentally ill dad who abused daughter jailed for four months
A FATHER who tricked his daughter and her friend into flashing their breasts on webcam will only spend four months behind bars, as his lawyer argued prison would be detrimental to his mental health.
Using the recent death of his daughter's grandfather against her, the father gave the girls - aged about 12 to 13 at the time - a laptop with a webcam attached during a sleepover.
He told his daughter a boy in a chat room had just lost his grandfather as well and urged her to talk to him about it.
Once he left the room, the boy convinced the girls to show their breasts and bottoms to the camera before they realised it was the father on the other end.
The Maroochydore District Court heard the man previously served time in Victoria in 1997 after he was convicted of having sex with his ex-wife's stepsister when she was aged between six and 10.
The father - who can't be named to protect the identity of his victim - pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent treatment of a child under 12 and using the internet to procure a child under 16.
His sentencing ran over two days as during his appearance last Wednesday, the man was seen to be rocking back and forth in the dock.
He began vomiting in a bin and was taken to a mental health unit with the case adjourned until yesterday.
The court heard the offences began when the victim was seven and continued until she was 13 and included a time he rubbed his body against hers, kissed her and put his tongue in her mouth.
Defence barrister Simon Lewis told the court his client had "complex" mental health issues, with a psychologist reporting the man suffered from a "complex dissociative disorder".
Judge Gary Long said he accepted the man was "remorseful" and sentenced him to a head sentence of 27 months, to be suspended after four months.