Attorney-General appeals incest father's sentence

Last updated 12:39 25/07/2013

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The New South Wales Attorney-General will launch an appeal against what he has described as the "manifestly inadequate" sentence handed to an Australian man convicted of repeatedly raping his own daughter.

The extraordinary decision comes after the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions last week said it would not appeal against the three-year good behaviour bond given to the father, who abused his daughter over several years.

The man was referred to Cedar Cottage - a residential treatment centre in western Sydney for fathers guilty of incest - earlier this year.

But Attorney-General Greg Smith today said he had instructed the Crown Solicitor to lodge an appeal in the case.

"I have taken this unusual step because I was deeply disturbed by the circumstances of this case," he said.

"I am of the view that mistakes were made in the case and believe the penalty imposed is manifestly inadequate.

"The sexual assault of a child is an outrageous breach of trust and the penalty must reflect the seriousness of the offence."

He said the appeal would be lodged with the Court of Criminal Appeal "in due course", adding that his decision was not a criticism of the DPP's decision.

The DPP had previously said the decision to refer the man to Cedar Cottage could not be appealed.

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