A Brisbane man who repeatedly molested his fiance’s six-year-old son over several hours blamed the abuse on alcohol and pornography, a court has heard.
The 31-year-old man, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty yesterday to eight counts of indecent treatment of a child under 12, under care.
Brisbane’s District Court heard the man had been living with his fiance and two children for three months when he abused the boy on June 8 last year.
The child’s mother had started working night shift and entrusted the man to care for children while she was away, prosecutor David Nardone said.
On the night the offences took place, the man had been drinking and watching pornography before he repeatedly molested the boy over several hours, the court heard.
He confessed to the boy’s mother the next day and blamed his actions on alcohol consumption.
Defence barrister John Hutton argued his client should receive a shorter prison term because of the treatment he would likely receive from fellow inmates.
"He’s going to go to jail and he’s going to do it tough," Mr Hutton said.
He quoted Oscar Wilde and said that in prison, "a day feels like a week and a week feels like a year".
The man had no prior criminal history and was receiving on-going treatment, the court heard.
A victim impact statement prepared by the boy’s mother and tendered to the court was described by Judge Wally Tutt as "one of the most poignant" he had ever read.
The "disturbing" statement showed the "despicable and nauseating" abuse would likely have a lasting impact on the child, Judge Tutt said.
"Your actions were as revolting and sickening as they were criminal … your conduct was evil," he told the man.
Judge Tutt sentenced him to four years’ imprisonment and set a parole release date of June 13, 2009, taking into account the man’s apparent remorse and cooperation with authorities.
The boy’s family, who were seated in the public gallery, heckled the man as he was led out of the courtroom.