12-year-old boy raped 9-year-old boy, fronts Roma court
A 12-YEAR-old boy sentenced with raping a 9-year-old boy at Railway Dam in Roma has appeared in the Roma Children’s Court.
The boy, who was supported by his father in court, pleaded guilty to one count of rape on June 2, 2019.
Brisbane District Court Judge Vicki Loury QC told the Roma District Court on November 30, the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was 11-years-of-age at the time of the offence and engaged in oral sex with the 9-year-old victim.
“The boy has entered a plea of guilty to an offence of rape,” Judge Loury said.
“The victim was a nine-year-old boy.
“The defendant sucked his penis.”
Crown prosecutor Farook Anoozer provided the judge with a victim impact statement from the victim’s mother, and submitted the defendant partake in a restorative just program, saying the mother said she felt it was the best option for both the defendant and her son.
“She has indicated she will participate with the defendant,” Mr Anoozer said.
“It’s a very serious offence.”
The defendant’s solicitor, Steven Kissick told the court his client has had a disjointed education.
“Having moved about, his dad lived in Toowoomba, then he was educated in Ipswich,” Mr Kissick said.
“He lived with his parents in Ipswich before moving to Stradbroke, then moved to Roma and was cared for by his grandparents for two years.
“Then him and his dad moved to Biloela then to Mackay where he is now in Year 7.”
Like the crown prosecutor, Mr Kissick submitted his client attend a restorative justice program, however Judge Loury expressed her concerns about the practicality of how the defendant, who resides in Mackay, will meet with the victim’s mother in Roma.
“Does the mother understand she will have to travel a considerable distance,” Judge Loury asked.
Mr Anoozer said the mother understands and is willing and the Department of Youth Justice will also provide options for the program to occur.
In a calming voice, Judge Loury spoke to the defendant telling the 12-year-old what will happen in the program.
“There will be a meeting between you, your dad, mother of the victim, a police officer, someone from the Youth Justice department,” she said.
“You will talk about what you did, why it was wrong, what has happened to the victim as a result and the effect it has had on him and how he’s been hurt by it.
“You’ll be asked to repair the harm caused to him in some way – you might be asked to say sorry, probably in writing, or might be asked to do some free work to the community or for the victim’s mother, or do some education programs, maybe about sex.”
Judge Loury asked the defendant how he knows what he did was wrong.
The judge said she considered the nature of the offence, interests of the community, victim and defendant and believes the best option for the defendant would be dealt with under the restorative justice program.
“That ends your time in court today, you’ve agreed to go to the meeting and talk about what you did and as long as you do anything to help the victim out, you won’t be back in court,” Judge Loury told the boy.