Man duct-tapes little girl to the floor

A BIGGENDEN man has admitted to duct-taping his stepdaughter to the floor.

The man, who the Chronicle cannot name as it would identify the victim, pleaded guilty in Maryborough District Court to one count of common assault.

Crown Prosecutor Alexandra Baker told the court the now 22-year-old man had taped the girl, who was six or seven at the time, to the ground between early 2014 and mid-2015.

"No injuries were recorded, but it would have caused some discomfort," Ms Baker said.

"This was an immature, inappropriate form of discipline in a domestic setting. The child was only very young herself."

Defence Barrister Paul Rutledge said his client was a licenced security guard before he was charged, but his licence had been suspended and since expired.

Mr Rutledge said his client understood he needed counselling for his behaviour.

"He and his partner recognised the need for external support," Mr Rutledge said.

"My client recognises he shouldn't do this."

Judge Ian Dearden said he understood that parenting was not easy.

"But as a parent, or a step-parent as you effectively were at the time, you have to find ways of discipline ... without committing a criminal offence," Judge Dearden said.

"Thankfully the child did not seem to have sustained any significant injury."

The man was ordered to pay $200 and not commit another offence for six months.



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