Man indecently assaults girl, 9
A LISMORE man has been estranged from his family after indecently assaulting a nine-year-old relative, a court has heard.
The 54-year-old male, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faced Lismore Local Court on Tuesday charged with indecently assaulting a person under 16 years of age.
He pleaded guilty to the charge and was placed on a four-year good-behaviour bond.
Facts before the court stated the man visited Lake Ainsworth in Lennox Head in December 2009 on an excursion with the victim and her sister, who were extended relations of the accused.
The man had looked after the complainant and her siblings in the past.
The accused was driving a car with the victim and her sister in the back seat when he turned around and rubbed the victim’s vagina on the outside of her clothing.
Magistrate Robyn Denes said the accused was arrested on February 19, 2010 after the victim reported the incident to police.
He initially denied the allegations but pleaded guilty to the offence more than 12 months later.
The accused, represented by defence lawyer Laura Fennell, sat passively and quietly in court on Tuesday while his sentence was passed down.
The accused was estranged from everyone in his family except for the complainant but now is estranged from everyone, Ms Fennell said.
Ms Denes pointed out the maximum sentence for the offence was 10 years imprisonment, and had a stern warning for the accused.
“If you come before me with anything like this again you will be going to jail, make no mistake of this,” she said.