Man accused of sexual acts against dog and child
A MACKAY man accused of child rape and bestiality is seeking government funding for psychological testing for his case, which is "likely" be finalised as a sentence.
The case was briefly mentioned today in Mackay District Court when the man, in his 30s, was indicted on 14 offences.
It is alleged within about 19 months at West Mackay he sexually abused and raped a child aged under 12.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with one count of rape, two counts of indecent treatment of a child under 12 under care and three counts of making child abuse material.
It is also alleged in that same time frame, between January 1, 2018 and August 1 last year, he had sex with a dog.
He is facing seven counts of bestiality.
It is also alleged he was found with child abuse material in September last year.
The man was initially granted bail, but his freedom was later revoked following fresh charges and he has remained in custody.
"It's a likely sentence," Fisher Dore solicitor Antoinette Morton told the court.
"There is also a request for funding in relation to a psychological report that's currently before Legal Aid."
The court heard it was unknown how long it may take to approve or reject the request.
Ms Morton said a barrister had been briefed in relation to the case, which was adjourned to a later date for mention.
If convicted, he could face up to seven years jail for bestiality.
The maximum penalty for rape is life, while for possessing or making child abuse material it is 20 years, which is increased to 25 years if the act is committed using a hidden network or anonymising service.