A YOUNG man has been sent to jail after he slept with his girlfriend's 14-year-old sister and got her pregnant.
At Ipswich District Court yesterday, the man, who cannot be named to protect the victim's identity, pleaded guilty to unlawful carnal knowledge with a child under 16 years.
The then 20-year-old man had been living at the 14-year-old's parents house in Bundamba when the offence took place sometime between July 18, 2013 and August 15, 2013.
Judge Sarah Bradley said the young girl had fallen asleep in the lounge room and had awoke to find the man on top of her.
After some initial resistance from the girl, the man had sex with her, however he claimed to have no memory of it.
As a consequence, the girl became pregnant and delivered a still-born child.
A DNA test confirmed the man had been the father of the child.
After considering the facts of the case, Judge Bradley accepted there had been some flirtatious behaviour from the girl towards the man, prior to the offence.
"The reality however was she was the 14-year-old sister of your girlfriend and you were 20," Judge Bradley told the man.
"For a girl of that age to undergo a pregnancy and give birth to a still-born baby, the consequences of your offending against her were very serious.
"The law in Queensland is that adults who sexually offend against children must go to jail, unless there are exceptional circumstances."
Defence barrister Steve Kissick said the man was still very young and had a "minor" criminal history.
Mr Kissick said his client had substance abuse problems but was "not using at the moment".
He said the man was still in a relationship with the 14-year-old girl's sister.
Mr Kissick submitted that further education, more than imprisonment, would allow his client to develop appropriate lifestyle and pro-social skills.
The man was convicted and sentenced to three months in jail, followed by 24 months of probation.
While on probation, the man will be ordered to undergo counselling or programs to adress sexual offending and substance abuse.
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