Child sex offender's appeal bid turned down in court

A MAN who was jailed for sexually abusing his step-daughter has failed in his bid to have his conviction overturned.

The man, 47, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty following a 2015 trial in Ipswich District Court of maintaining a unlawful relationship with a child.

The offences against the girl, who was aged eight at the time, occurred June 30-October 6, 2013 at various locations across the region.

Several family members gave evidence at the trial, saying they witnessed the man kissing the girl intimately a number of times.

The man appealed to the state's highest court on the grounds his conviction was unreasonable and it could not be supported by evidence.

The man argued, unsuccessfully, it was impossible for the acts to have occurred as there were always people close by.

The man also referred to the trial judge's direction that the prosecution relied entirely on the girl's evidence to support the allegations against the him and further argued there was nothing to substantiate any of her claims with actual evidence.

On Tuesday the Queensland Court of Appeal dismissed the application, saying it was reasonably open to the jury to find him guilty.


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