McCoy made international headlines earlier this month after it was revealed he had sent his young victim a love letter from inside prison.
McCoy made international headlines earlier this month after it was revealed he had sent his young victim a love letter from inside prison. Contributed

The system has failed my son: rape victim's mum

A SUNSHINE Coast mother feels the judicial system has again failed her young son after the state's highest court deemed the sentence imposed on the man who brutally raped him was sufficient.

Christopher John McCoy, 21, pleaded guilty earlier this year to brutally raping and committing revolting sex acts on the eight-year-old.

He was sentenced to three years in jail, suspended after serving nine months.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie appealed the sentence, saying it was manifestly inadequate.

However, the Queensland Court of Appeal rejected the appeal this week, saying the sentence was in line with similar cases.

The boy's mother, who cannot be identified in order to protect her son's identity, said the latest saga in the sordid tale had left her a "shattered woman".

She said she had lost all faith in the system established to protect society's most vulnerable - our children.

"I am bitterly disappointed and absolutely speechless," she said.

"The system is very screwed up if a child rapist can walk free after only serving nine months.

"The whole situation is disgusting . . . the crime, the initial sentence, the letter, the appeal."

 

McCoy, who filmed the offences on his smartphone, made international headlines earlier this month after it was revealed he had sent his young victim a love letter from inside prison.

In the letter, which sparked outrage, McCoy confessed his undying love for the boy and revealed how tough he was doing inside jail in order to garner sympathy from the boy and his shocked family.

Community anger grew to a crescendo the following day after it was revealed McCoy had refused to participate in the sexual offenders program while inside jail.

The boy's mother said she had often wondered if McCoy would have received a difference sentence if her eight-year-old was the son of someone important.

Convicted rapist Christopher John McCoy, 21, from Kingsthorpe sent his eight-year-old Sunshine Coast victim a love letter from prison. Picture: Supplied
Convicted rapist Christopher John McCoy, 21, from Kingsthorpe sent his eight-year-old Sunshine Coast victim a love letter from prison. Picture: Supplied

"I feel it is definitely justice for one socio-economic group compared to another," she said.

"I am just so angry at the decision.

"I feel as though the system has once again failed my son.

"It is like he has been raped a third time, this time by the system."

The mother said she had received overwhelming community support since she began her fight for justice a month ago.

She said it was her duty to give her son a voice.

"This monster will walk free in a couple of months, but my son has been given a life sentence, our family has been given a life sentence."

McCoy will be released from prison in September.



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