A mother who dressed her nine-year-old daughter in Playboy outfits and held her down while men raped her has been jailed for 10 years.

The Courier Mail reported she “sat motionless [via video link] while her sentence was handed down in court.”
Her response on this occasion was a stark contrast to her behaviour in March when she was initially found guilty of multiple offences; then, she wailed and curled up into a ball.
The girl, who is now 15, was molested by friends of her mother’s at their Gold Coast home between May 2014 and May 2015.

The abuse occurred every other day over that one-year period.
Horrific details of the abuse were heard throughout a week long trial during which the girl was on suicide watch in hospital.
On Tuesday, Judge David Kent sentenced the 41-year-old mother to ten years.
She will have to serve 80 per cent of her sentence before being eligible for parole, as she was declared a serious violent offender.

She cannot be named, for legal reasons to protect the girl.
The girl told the court that her mother had held her hands while men sexually abused her. She was dressed in a “Playboy outfit” and “bunny ears”.
She bravely wrote a note to her psychologist in July 2016 telling of the abuse that she had endured at the hands of her mother and several men.
The Courier Mail reported, “The full details of what was done to her are too horrific to repeat. The abuse occurred while the girl’s father was in prison for drug offences.”
“Your conduct was enabling or aiding others to commit sexual acts on the complainant,” Judge Kent said on sentencing. “This is extremely serious offending and… I am not particularly convinced of prospects of rehabilitation.”

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Corrine Barraclough has a journalism career spanning 20 years, including senior positions at national magazines in London, New York & Sydney. She embraced the whirlwind of celebrity and entertainment journalism and the heady lifestyle that went with it before walking away from it all to live on the Gold Coast and pursue a balanced life.

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