A GLADSTONE man convicted of raping and molesting his then partner's granddaughter has been jailed for three years.
The man, 52, who cannot be named in order to protect the child's identity, wiped away tears as the sentence was delivered.
The court heard during this week's trial the offending took place during an overnight car trip from Brisbane to Gladstone in June last year after the man helped the child's mother relocate to the region to be closer to her mother, who was his partner.
Crown prosecutor Sam Bain told the Brisbane District Court on Thursday the man had minor criminal histories in Queensland and New South Wales for traffic-related offences.
"Obviously by pleading not guilty the man has shown absolutely no remorse for his actions," he said.
"The offending against the then eight-year-old girl occurred less than 10 minutes into the car trip," he said.
"This is a very serious offence. There was a clear breach of trust and the most serious aspect of his offending included actual digital penetration."
Mr Bain tendered two victim impact statements to the court which revealed the young girl had ongoing issues with safety, embarrassment, shame and loss of innocence.
He said the girl's mother took her daughter to a medical practitioner who conducted an internal medical examination shortly after the offending had come to light.
Defence barrister Don Mackenzie said the mother had kept the fact a medical examination had taken place from police and it would be something that needed to be investigated.
He submitted several character references on the man's behalf including one from one of the most respected barristers in the country, Sydney-based Michael Shand.
"One interesting fact that has arisen was the revelation about a medical examination that took place at the mother's insistence," he said.
"That information was kept from police and investigators and we will now investigate that further and take the necessary course of action."
Judge Fleur Kingham sentenced the man to three years behind bars and ordered he be eligible to apply for parole after serving 15 months of the sentence.
- APN NEWSDESK.