19 Dec 2012

Court dismisses broadcaster's appeal on indecency charge

10:34 pm on 19 December 2012

A well-known television broadcaster's appeal against his conviction and sentence for indecently assaulting his 4-year-old daughter has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

The man, who has name suppression, was originally discharged without conviction in 2011 after he pleaded guilty, but a review of the sentence was sought by the Crown.

The review was granted by a judge in April and a sentence of eight months home detention was imposed in July.

The appeal was heard in September, and in its judgement released on Wednesday the Appeal Court upheld the previous ruling that the gravity of the offending was high. The judges ruled a community-based option would not reflect the need for denunciation and accountability.