News

Rockhampton boy admits his role in sex assault

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy has pleaded guilty to holding his hand over a young girl's mouth as she was sexually abused, a court has heard.

The boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, entered his plea yesterday in the Rockhampton District Court.

Crown prosecutor Susan Hedge said it was alleged the boy's older friend led the five-year-old girl away from a Central Queensland playground to a secluded grass area near a creek on July 27 last year.

It is then alleged the friend, who was 16 at the time, removed the girl's pants and lay on top of her.

Ms Hedge said the boy put his hand over her mouth while this was happening.

Judge Paul Smith ordered a pre-sentence report be completed for the defendant.

Submissions were made as to whether a psychological assessment of the boy was required.

Defence barrister Tom Polley said his client was very young, being only 11 at the time.

Ms Hedge submitted a report of this nature was probably more appropriate for the older defendant.

Judge Smith decided that at this time it was not needed.

The matter was adjourned to July 30 for mention/sentence.

The co-accused is due to appear in court on July 8.

Topics:  rockhampton district court, sexual assault




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

WATCH: Rockhampton Zoo keeper speaks out on chimp behaviour

Life Science Coordinator Graeme Strachan. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

"Chimpanzee politics" behind Wednesday's glass-smashing incident

TCC team leading finals at CQUniversity

TCC are in the lead

Half time for historic netball finals

Dancers bring CounterMove to Pilbeam Theatre

Sydnes Dance Company dancers Todd Sutherland and Josephine Weise. Photo Contributed

Be prepared to be moved by weekend production

Latest deals and offers

Sydney Dance Company

Sydnes Dance Company dancers Todd Sutherland and Josephine Weise. Photo Contributed

Sydney Dance Company in Rockhampton.

Rocky zoo chimps

Life Science Coordinator Graeme Strachan. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

Rockhampton Zoo’s life sciences coordinator Graeme Strachan explains chimpanzee...

Stockland Terrace - oficial opening

Stockland Commercial Property CEO, John Schroder talks at the official opening of...

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward