Father of child bride behind bars

Posted on 07/05/2019 / Posted by admin / Category 苏州皮肤管理中心

More than a year after he married off his 12-year-old daughter in a bid to save her from “sin”, a NSW father has been taken into custody.


The 63-year-old father calmly got up from the gallery and moved towards corrective services officers when Justice Peter Hidden revoked his bail on Friday.

Justice Hidden told the Supreme Court the father would likely face jail time when sentenced next month.

It comes after the father was found guilty of procuring a child for sex and being an accessory before the fact following a judge-alone trial in Sydney’s District Court more than a week ago.

The father, the court heard, had arranged his 12-year-old daughter to marry a then 26-year-old man in an Islamic ceremony, hosted at his home in January.

On the night of the wedding, the “married” pair went to a hotel with the father’s permission and had sex there.

The following weekend, the father made up a room and a bed for the pair in his home and they had sex twice.

This, the father told police, was saving his daughter from sin.

The father said he had noticed his daughter’s behaviour changing around males, and believed – in accordance with his understanding of his religion – she had to be married before being sexually active.

The 63-year-old had been on conditional bail since being charged last year, and despite the verdict he was allowed to remain in the community, unopposed by the crown.

But on Wednesday the Director of Public Prosecutions made an application to revoke his bail in the Supreme Court.

Prosecutor Siobhan Herbert said the father had been found guilty of a “show cause” offence, which means an accused person must show cause why their detention is not justified.

He also posed an unacceptable risk of failing to appear at future court dates, she said.

But defence barrister Mario Licha said the father needed to be on bail to prepare reports before his sentencing.

This was dismissed by Justice Hidden, who said it could be done in prison.

Outside court, Mr Licha told reporters: “Where is he going to go? What is he going to do? He’s a 63-year-old pensioner with bad knees and shortness of breath.”

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