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Kmart paedophile’s eight-year sentence to be appealed

The Queensland Attorney-General will appeal the “manifestly inadequate” jail sentence handed to the man who abducted a seven-year-old girl from Kmart and sexually assaulted her.

Sterling Free lured the girl from the toy aisle of a Kmart store at Westfield North Lakes and took her to bushland about 30 minutes away and sexually assaulted her before returning her to the centre.

The 27-year-old father of two was given an eight-year jail term, with eligibility for parole in two years.

Ray Hadley applauds the decision to appeal the sentence.

“It was completely and utterly inadequate, the sentencing in court on this matter, just absolutely dreadful.

“A paedophile given a slap on the wrist.”

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