News

Man accused of sex with disabled teen to face trial

A JUDGE has ordered a trial be conducted without a jury in a case in which a Bundaberg man has been accused of having sexual relations with a 16-year-old girl with an intellectual disability.

The judge has described it as an "unusual case" because the man is also believed to have an intellectual disability and was also allegedly the girl's guardian.

Details in a judgment handed down by District Court Judge Paul Smith state that the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, allegedly started having a relationship with the girl's mother in 2012 and that she and her daughter moved in with him in Bundaberg.

He was allegedly on parole for rape offences at the time.

He was taken into custody when police discovered he had breached his parole because he did not tell police he was living with the girl, the judgment said.

Police have evidence of alleged telephone conversations recorded between the man and the girl while he was behind bars.

Judge Smith said the recorded telephone calls showed an alleged sexual interest between the man and girl and would have to be included in evidence.

"It seems to me that this is an unusual case," he said.

Judge Smith said expert evidence about both the man and girl's impairments would need to be analysed.

He made a no-jury order on the case.

The final decision over guilt or innocence will be up to a judge.

The man has been charged with various offences including five counts of carnal knowledge (having sexual intercourse) of a person with an impairment of the mind as a guardian, two counts of indecent dealing with a person with an impairment of the mind as a guardian and two counts of sodomy of an intellectually impaired person as a guardian.

Topics:  bundaberg magistrate court, crime




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

The mystery of the blood and the handbag

Police search an area off Woongarra St In Bundaberg. Photo: Craig Warhurst/News mail

Police working to figure out what happened

UPDATE: Woman charged following attack at Bundy business

Bundaberg Police Station Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail

Facial lacerations and injuries sustained in fight

Latest deals and offers

Billy Slater talks Origin Team

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater.

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater talks about this years team and his return to...

Rescue operation at Burnett Bridge

Emergency crews carry out a drill on the Burnett Traffic Bridge.

Crews reacted to an emergency type scenario at the Burnett Traffic Bridge.

Emergency drill footage

Emergency crews carry out a drill on the Burnett Traffic Bridge.

Footage of an emergency drill at the Burnett Traffic Bridge.

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked