Melbourne, Dec 10 (ANI): An Australian man has been ordered to pay 18,750 dollars in compensation for raping a 10-year-old girl almost five years ago.
The man raped the girl when she sat on his lap "unrestrained" as he drove drunk twice around a Brisbane suburban block.
Beenleigh District Court judge Ian Dearden, in a decision published, ordered the man, identified only as "JPS", pay criminal compensation to the girl, now aged 15 and identified as AJC, for attacks committed on an unspecified date almost five years ago.
Judge Dearden sentenced the now convicted child rapist to two years' jail after a jury found the man guilty on October 31, 2007, of two counts of rape and four of indecent treatment of a child.
He ordered JPS's sentence be suspended after serving 12 months of the term in actual custody.
"The offences occurred when (JPS) drove a number of children, including the complainant (child AJC), twice around a suburban block," News.com.au quoted Judge Dearden as saying in his five-page written judgment
"The complaint child (AJC), then aged 10, was sitting on (JPS's) lap while he drove.
"(JPS) has consumed a reasonably large amount of alcohol prior to the driving (and) had (AJC) in the cabin on his lap and three other children in the tray back of the motor vehicle as it drove at some uncertain speed.
"The children (were also) unrestrained and the steering (was) being conducted by the 10-year-old complaint child (AJC)," he added.
Judge Dearden, in awarding compensation, said psychologist Dr Steve Maher had examined the child and diagnosed her as suffering from an "adjustment disorder".
"Dr Morgan noted that (AJC) reported intrusive experiences, rumination, anxiety, loss of self-confidence, vigilance, carries a weapon, sexual concerns, anxiety in respect of a sexual-self image and avoidance behaviours," Judge Dearden said.
"Her developing sense of sexual identity also seems compromised."
Judge Dearden ordered JPS pay AJC 18,750 dollars in compensation for the mental or nervous shock caused to her. (ANI)