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Brett Richard Ritchie
Man groomed girl, 14, for sex
Andrew Korner | 19th Might 2009
A SEX offender’s conversion to Christianity has helped spare him from a prison phrase for the abuse of two Ipswich girls.
Brett Richard Ritchie, 40, committed intimate offences against two girls aged 14 and 13 at Redbank Plains.
Ipswich District Court heard Ritchie, who had been recognized to both their victims, had spent days grooming the 14-year-old for intercourse.
Prosecutor Stephan McMurray stated Ritchie had constantly expected your ex to own intercourse with him, additionally suggesting she write him “dirty” letters.
Ritchie finally had intercourse that is sexual your ex at a sleepover party on September 10, 2000.
Previously into the year that is same Ritchie molested the 13-year-old woman on two occasions.
The court had been told Ritchie had fled in 2001, however now pleaded responsible to a fee of carnal knowledge having youngster under 16 and two counts of indecent remedy for a kid under 16.
Mr McMurray asked Judge Greg Koppenol to think about a prison term when it comes to offences.
But defence barrister Geoff Seaholme stated his client – who now lives in Shepparton, Victoria – was a man” that is“changed without any the medication and alcohol addiction that when ruled their life.
At one phase, defence counsel advertised, Ritchie had an $800 each day medication practice cannabis that are involving methylamphetamine and cocaine.
Ritchie could maybe perhaps not keep in mind committing the offences contrary to the two girls, Mr Seaholme stated.
In 2002 he threw in the towel medications and became a Christian, eventually gaining skills being a counsellor to people who had been hooked on alcohol and drugs.
“Had this guy showed up before Your Honour nine years back, it’s likely you have seen a man that is completely different” Mr Seaholme stated. Read More