Urgent questions against 'monster' father's punishment
THE punishment handed to a Queensland father after he brutally stepped on his infant daughter, leaving her needing therapy to digest food for the rest of her life has politicians calling for heavier punishment for child abuse.
The LNP is calling on the Palaszczuk Government to appeal the sentence handed to a Chinchilla father who almost killed his 13-month-old daughter in a sickening attack last year which will leave the infant having to be spoon-fed for the rest of her life.
The father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced last week in a Brisbane District Court to six years in jail for the horrific attack but is eligible to be released after serving only 22 months.
LNP Shadow Attorney-General David Janetzki has urged the Palaszczuk government to intervene and appeal the sentence, calling for more jail time.
"This monster will be eligible for parole on the 18th of March next year," Mr Janetzki said.
"The injuries he inflicted on his little girl were so severe, medical staff at the Lady Cilento Hospital said they were consistent with a high-speed car crash."
The court heard the father stomped on the infant twice after he became aggravated when she poured milk on herself.
Prosecutor Sandra Cupina said the girl, now aged two, would have died if she did not have surgery to remove 57 per cent of her lacerated pancreas.
"For the rest of her life she will require pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy to help her digest foods... and she will have to regularly see a specialist to monitor endocrine functioning," Ms Cupina said.
After 488 days served in custody, the man will be eligible for release on March 18, 2020.
"This monster doesn't deserve to be a father," Mr Janetzki said, adding that Queenslanders have a right to be asking what more someone has to do to get jail time that fits the crime.
"This little girl's life has been changed forever, due to the cowardly actions of her own Dad... this crime is another shocking case of child harm where the sentence doesn't meet community expectations.
"I call on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to keep this vile human locked up for much longer.
"We as a community must do everything to protect our precious and most vulnerable kids from these sickening, unhinged and violent attacks."