Oct 11, 2019

Kmart abduction case: Australian jailed for molesting girl

Sterling Mervyn Free, 27, lured the seven-year-old girl out of a Kmart store in Brisbane last December. A judge called the attack "Every parent's worst nightmare" and jailed Free for a maximum of eight years - a sentence which has drawn controversy. Speaking in the Brisbane District Court, Judge Julie Dick said Free's abduction of the girl form a toy aisle was "Chilling, opportunistic and predatory". The court was shown CCTV footage of Free lingering in the toy aisles, before exiting the store with the girl following him. The court heard that Free, who has two children, was addicted to pornography and had suffered abused himself.

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