A CHURCHABLE greyhound trainer has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for sexual offences against a 10-year-old girl.
Earlier this week at Ipswich District Court, Richard William Fall pleaded not guilty to four counts of indecent treatment of a child under 12 and one count of rape, which led to a three-day trial.
However, after the prosecution and defence presented their arguments, it took jurors less than six hours to find the 45-year-old guilty of the offences.
At court yesterday, Fall appeared in the dock to be sentenced for his crimes.
Judge Sarah Bradley noted Fall had no previous convictions and that his greyhound trainer's licence had been suspended since he was charged with the serious offences. "As a result of that, I note it has caused financial stress on both you and your partner," Ms Bradley said.
Judge Bradley said she believed Fall should be supervised and given the opportunity to complete appropriate sex offending courses, either in prison or on parole.
She sentenced Fall to two and a half years in jail. No parole date was set, however he will be eligible to apply for parole after serving half of his sentence.
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