AN intellectually disabled Warrnambool man has been sentenced to serve five years in a Melbourne residential treatment facility after being found guilty of raping a child.
In December last year Christopher Austin, 20, previously of Edwin Court, was committed to stand trial in the County Court after a committal hearing at the Warrnambool Magistrates Court.
He was charged with one count of both rape and making a threat to kill. The charges relate to an incident in Warrnambool involving a child in June last year.
Eight witnesses, including the child’s mother, gave evidence at the committal hearing.
Detective Senior Con-stable Danny Wright, from the Warrnambool sexual offences and child abuse investigation team, said the child was traumatised and reluctant to speak about the incident.
At the committal, magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said there was sufficient evidence before him for Austin to stand trial.
He said the evidence produced had clearly established a child was injured as a result of a third party.
Mr Klestadt said the prosecution’s evidence relied heavily on the child identifying the accused man.
The trial was then heard in the Geelong County Court, where Austin was found guilty of rape.
A range of psychological reports were then tendered to the court and Austin was sentenced by Judge Felicity Hampel to serve five years in a residential care facility.