Depraved tradie, 27, is found guilty of repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl after convincing her they were in a relationship – but he could get out of prison in three years
- Dylan Buckingham, 27, convicted of ‘despicable’ child crimes
- He was sentenced to six and a half years in prison in a Queensland court this week
- The victim, now 16, bravely sat in court while the details of the case were read
A mechanic from southeast Queensland has been found guilty of the “vile and despicable” sexual abuse of an 11-year-old girl.
Dylan Barry Phillip Buckingham, 27, was convicted this week in Brisbane District Court on three charges of rape, four charges of indecent treatment of a child and unlawful relationship with a child.
The court heard that the crime lasted six months from August 2016 to February 2017, after befriending the girl’s family.
Dylan Buckingham, 27, was convicted in Brisbane District Court this week on three charges of rape, four charges of indecent treatment of a child and maintaining an unlawful relationship with a child (stock image)
The victim, now 16 years old, bravely sat in the gallery as the sickening details of the violation were read to the court and the verdict was handed down, reports The courier post
Prosecutor Toby Corsbie said the perpetrator, then 22 years old, convinced the victim “that she was in a relationship with him as an 11-year-old child.”
He repeatedly abused the girl by touching her inappropriately and on one occasion raped her in his bedroom.
“Aside from those sex acts, there were countless cases of kissing … and levels of moral corruption,” Mr. Corsbie said.
Judge Michael Burnett said Buckingham had taken advantage of the vulnerable young girl.
‘Children must be protected. They are far too young to understand these mature things and you have opportunistically taken advantage of that situation. ‘
He was found to have lied on oath about the crime and was sentenced to six and a half years in prison.
He will be eligible for parole in March 2024.