Legislation timeline stops sentencing on sex offences
THE sentencing of a 55-year-old man who allegedly groomed a child for sex was adjourned yesterday after a judge noticed one of the charges pre-dated the legislation under which the man had been charged.
The man is charged with grooming a child under 16 with intent to perform a sexual act, and using the internet to procure a child under 16.
He was scheduled to be sentenced in the Maroochydore District Court yesterday when Judge Gary Long noted the alleged offence occurred before the relevant section of the criminal code became law on April 29 last year.
The man's barrister and the Crown prosecutor agreed they needed a short adjournment to sort out the matter.
At one stage, it looked like the sentencing would resume after lunch, but the barrister conceded he could need more time.
Judge Long adjourned the matter to the next setting of dates, but said it could be brought on earlier with the consent of both the prosecution and defence.
- JANINE HILL