Former councillor fights child sex abuse conviction
A NOOSA councillor jailed for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl at her workplace is appealing his conviction.
Frank James Pardon, 70, was disqualified from office as a councillor after he was sentenced to three years' jail for indecently assaulting the teenager over four months during the 1990s.
In December last year, a jury found Pardon, who was in his 40s at the time, had performed oral sex on the girl in his car and inappropriately touched and kissed her multiple times at his home and at her workplace.
The former deputy mayor was found guilty of five counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16, four counts while under care, and one count of maintaining a sexual relationship with a minor.
At the Queensland Court of Appeal on Tuesday, Pardon applied for an extension of time to appeal his conviction.
His defence barrister Andrew Hoare said that the "quality of the evidence" in respect to two of the offences was "so lacking" that Pardon's conviction should be set aside.
Mr Hoare also raised concerns about the impact hypnotherapy treatment could have had on the victim's memory.
Justices Walter Sofronoff, Anthe Philippides and Peter Davis reserved their decision to a later date.
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Originally published as Former councillor fights child sex abuse conviction