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Former Bundaberg man jailed 50 years after raping young boy

AN HORRIFIC past continues to haunt a grandfather who was systematically raped as a 12-year-old boy by a former Bundaberg man.
AN HORRIFIC past continues to haunt a grandfather who was systematically raped as a 12-year-old boy by a former Bundaberg man.

AN HORRIFIC past continues to haunt a grandfather who was systematically raped as a 12-year-old boy by a former Bundaberg man.

Rob Nicoll was robbed of his childhood from the moment he stepped into an Enoggera butchery, in Brisbane in 1964, run by then 22-year-old Kevin John Tucker.

"It went from going to the shop to get stuff for mum, to him befriending me and offering me a job after school," he said.

For the next four years, Mr Nicoll went through the "incredible pain" of being raped "thousands" of times by Tucker.

"He used alcohol and cigarettes to get me drunk," Mr Nicoll said.

Mr Nicoll spent the next 50 years harbouring a dark secret and battling with his demons until 2010, when he finally had the courage to go to the police.

"I wasn't game to ever say anything," he said.

"We were brought up in a different era - we were brought up to respect our elders."

Tucker, who lived in Bundaberg for 35 years after committing these horrendous acts in the 60s, was finally charged with three counts of sodomy and two counts of indecent treatment of a child.

He pleaded guilty in Beenleigh District Court this week and was sentenced to six years' jail.

But having already spent 440 days in custody for other matters, Tucker will be eligible for patrol in September.

"I'm glad he's in jail for it, I'm just not happy about the length of time he got," Mr Nicoll said.

"I've had a 50-year sentence and he gets six.

"He's owned a home, I can't keep a job.

"I haven't had the chance to own a home or have anything decent."

The father-of-two said he came to the NewsMail with his story because he knew Tucker had lived in Bundaberg for about 35 years with his wife, who died of cancer last year.

"He had a butcher's up there," he said.

"He bought Alex Walker's (speedway racer) home on Boundary St."

The grandfather-of-five, with another on the way, said his life had been completely destroyed by Tucker.

"I haven't had a childhood - he took that away from me," he said.

Going to the police four years ago was not the first time Mr Nicoll reached out for help.

When the teenager managed to break away from Tucker's clutches, he turned to a career in the air force to escape.

But after opening up to a psychologist about his haunting past in 1972, Mr Nicoll said instead of support being offered to him, he was categorised as "being capable of homosexual activity" and was discharged.

Mr Nicoll said he was relieved Tucker had been convicted and encouraged others in the same situation to come forward.

Topics:  beenleigh, rape, sexual assault



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