Paedophile argues in court that jail term is too 'excessive'

A SELF-confessed paedophile who molested a friend's son at a party believes his six-year jail sentence is too harsh.

Bradley Paul Crawford's lengthy sexual offending history involves indecent treatment of children.

Most recently, Crawford, 35, was sentenced to six years behind bars for molesting a nine-year-old at a social gathering after gaining the trust of the victim's mother in February 2012.

The Ipswich man has launched action in the Court of Appeal arguing his sentence, which involved preventative detention, was manifestly excessive.

Counsel for Crawford, Katarina Prskalo, said the objective seriousness of Crawford's most recent offending did not warrant a period of six years in jail.

She said the offending was over a short period and did not involve penetration. 

"There was nothing particularly manipulative about the offending," Ms Prskalo told the Court of Appeal on Tuesday.

Crawford was "open" with the victim's mother, admitted he was a paedophile, Ms Prskalo said.

The most recent offending happened four years and two months after a similar offence.

"There has not been an escalation of offending in my submission," Ms Prskalo said.

But counsel for the Crown, Belinda Merrin, said the sentencing judge took into account personal deterrence, public denunciation and community protection.

Ms Merrin said a psychologist in 2004 considered Crawford had a life-long re-offending risk.

"I accept this episode of offending was not as serious as the others but I make the point he was immediately detected and the offending was reported immediately," she said.

The Court of Appeal reserved its decision.


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