Bowed Head Silhouette. Picture: Thinkstock
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‘Manifestly inadequate’: Appeal over child rapist sentence

QUEENSLAND'S Attorney-General will appeal the sentence of a man who raped an 8-year-old girl in her Mackay home two years ago.

Rogelio Acosta Ruiz, a married 35-year-old father, was sentenced in the Mackay District Court on November 6 this year after orally raping the girl in the second half of 2017.

The court heard Ruiz, who immigrated to Australia from the Philippines, put his penis in the girl's mouth and "told her to think of it as a lollipop".

 

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath will appeal the sentence of a Mackay man who raped an 8-year-old girl.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath will appeal the sentence of a Mackay man who raped an 8-year-old girl.

He pleaded guilty in the Mackay District Court on November 6 to oral rape and indecent treatment of a child under 12.

He was jailed for three years with the sentence to be suspended after 12 months but, because Ruiz had already spent nine months in pre-sentence custody, he would walk free in February next year.

The appeal comes after a petition to the Queensland Parliament which called for an urgent review of the sentence and garnered more than 2600 signatures in eight days.

It was lodged in parliament on November 28.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath's office this morning confirmed she would appeal on the grounds the sentence was "manifestly unjust".

"After thoroughly considering the advice I've received from the Director of Public Prosecutions on this matter, I've decided to appeal," Mrs D'Ath said.

"As the matter will continue to be before the courts, I will not make any further comment."

 

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