Man pleads guilty to incest charges

A WARRNAMBOOL man has pleaded guilty to incest and indecent assaults on his sister and will be assessed to undertake a sex offender’s program as part of a community corrections order.

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He was aged 12 and 13 years old when the offending occurred between 2005 and 2007 and his sister was 10 to 12 years old.

Crown prosecutor David O’Doherty said offences started in the 2005 September school holidays.

The girl did not think about what had happened to her until she had issues with her boyfriend in December 2011.

Up until that time she thought all brothers behaved like her brother had. She made a statement to police in September 2012.

The offender was interviewed by police when he was 19 and initially admitted to being violent towards his sister but denied any sexual activity.

After the interview he broke down, admitted to his offending, requested help and said he had been the victim of sexual assaults as a child.

Defence counsel Stephen Payne said his client’s mother had mental health issues, performed rituals with knives, said the dog talked to her and the only food the boy recalled her providing was McDonalds and two-minute noodles.

Mr Payne said the man, now aged 20, was remorseful, felt utter shame but hoped to one day reconnect with his sister.

He said he started using speed (amphetamine) at 15 years old, ice (methamphetamine) at 18 and was still using cannabis, although he performed well at work.

Judge Paul Grant said it was serious offending which had a profound impact on the victim’s life, who had suffered severe emotional harm.

He said the man had been involved in no further offending and had been the victim of sex assaults himself at the hands of an older boy which a report indicated was likely to be linked with his own offending.

The man was not convicted, placed on an 18-month CCO with conditions he undertake assessment, treatment and testing for drugs and mental health issues as well as be assessed to undertake a sex offender’s program.

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