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Brett Richard Ritchie

Man groomed girl, 14, for intercourse

Andrew Korner | nineteenth Might 2009

A SEX offender’s transformation 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 was simply 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 celebration on September 10, 2000.

Early within the day within 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, nevertheless now pleaded bad up to a cost of carnal knowledge by having youngster under 16 and two counts of indecent remedy for a young child under 16.

Mr McMurray asked Judge Greg Koppenol to think about a prison term when it comes to offences.

But defence barrister Geoff Seaholme said his client – who now lives in Shepparton, Victoria – was a man” that is“changed free from the medication and liquor addiction that when ruled their life.

At one phase, defence counsel advertised, Ritchie had an $800 on a daily basis medication practice cannabis that are involving methylamphetamine and cocaine.

Ritchie could maybe perhaps perhaps not keep in mind committing the offences from the two girls, Mr Seaholme said.

In 2002 he threw in the towel medications and became a Christian, eventually gaining skills as being a counsellor to people who had been dependent on alcohol and drugs.

“Had this guy showed up before Your Honour nine years back, you may have seen a man that is completely different” Mr Seaholme stated. More