Mum leaves daughter to be raped: 'Appalling breach of trust'

IN a desperate attempt to hold onto a man she met on the internet, an Ipswich woman offered up her teenage daughter to a stranger in a motel room.

She told her daughter it was "a girl's trip" as they went by bus to Toowoomba because the man wanted to have sex "with a younger version of herself".

The mum gave her daughter Vodka Cruisers to drink and sat outside the motel door while "Thommo" raped the girl.

She feared the man would split up with her.

Years later her daughter emotionally told her in an Ipswich courtroom that her act could never be forgiven, saying she should have nurtured and protected her.

The 47-year-old mother wept and insulted her daughter as she was sentenced to four years jail.

Judge Dennis Lynch said it was almost incomprehensible to understand why a mother would act in such a way.

The mother pleaded guilty in Ipswich District Court to procuring a young person for carnal knowledge.

Police have since been unable to track "Thommo" down.

Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso said the man had unprotected sex with the girl.

The mother later hugged the daughter, hugging her, saying it would all be okay.

Some years later in a recorded phone call with her daughter, the mother said she told her daughter that she had been weak not to have done anything.

"I'm sorry, I'm a bad mum," she said.

Ms Kelso said it appeared the mother had limited insight into the ramifications of what she had done.

Her now adult daughter, herself a mother, read to the court an emotional victim impact statement about the damage her mother's actions had done.

At times sobbing, the daughter told the court that the rape would stay with her "a lifetime".

"From one mother to another your actions can't be explained. I've felt nothing but pain, anger … mentally numb as to how a mother can do this to a child," she said directly to her mother seated in the dock.

"Words cannot express my loss of a childhood by your actions, your lack of compassion.

"Your actions will not, and cannot be forgiven".

Defence barrister Stephen Kissick said an offence of this nature was quite rare.

The woman's four-year jail term will be suspended after she serves 12 months.

Judge Lynch sternly warned the women not to trade insults, hold their tongues and to be respectful.

"What occurred was your daughter was raped. You procured her and you stood by while all that happened," he said.


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