Michael Bradley found guilty by the juries of one count of rape, one count of attempted rape and two counts of indecent assault the first on a girl under 12 and the second on a girl aged between 12 and 16.
The facts of the matter as I say have been canvassed over two trials and you were found guilty of indecent assault at the first trial with the jury failing to agree on other counts. At the re-trial you were found guilty of rape, attempted rape and a further count of indecent assault.
 The victims of these charges are sisters. They are the children of former family friends. The proven facts in each case are set out in the Crown’s submissions.
 The sister who was the victim of the rape was only nine years old at the time. The evidence in my view suggests that there was only vulval penetration. I mention that because it is raised in counsel’s submissions and I will deal with it later.
 The same weekend that you raped the younger sister you also committed the first of the indecent assaults on the older sister then aged under 12. Later you attempted to rape her following taking off part of her clothing during an incident in your own home which was described at trial. She was able to struggle and get away from you. You later endeavoured to indecently assault her when she was in the kitchen of her parents’ home, that assault is perhaps of a technical nature.
 There was further evidence at trial relating to allegations of your making sexual suggestions to the children, showing the older child a pornographic photograph and an occasion where you appeared naked before her and offered her money to touch you.
 I have the benefit of a probation report. You are aged 57 years. You have no previous convictions except for one driving conviction which I simply put aside for the purposes of this sentencing.
 Your background and personal circumstances are set out in the report. You come from a good upbringing, you seem well educated and with a good work ethic. Your wife is estranged from you but she supports you in your present predicament. It was apparent at trial and the probation report mentions that you have strong religious beliefs which you continue to maintain. There is no evidence of substance abuse. You maintain your denial of the offending and accordingly and understandably you are not prepared to express any remorse.
Date of Birth
1952 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Sentenced to eight years in February 2009
A bail application to appeal the conviction was unsuccessful
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