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Brabham loses appeal against conviction

AAP logoAAP 13/09/2016 Sarah Motherwell

Convicted child abuser Gary Thomas Brabham, son of motor racing legend Sir Jack Brabham, has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Brabham was sentenced in April to 18 months prison after a Brisbane District Court jury found him guilty of raping a girl, aged five or six at the time.

The sentence was suspended for six months, meaning he is due to be released in October.

Brabham had appealed against his conviction, arguing evidence about a letter the victim wrote detailing the abuse should not have been heard at trial.

The victim had testified to writing the letter to her mother in 2005, but it was no longer available when the matter went to court, and its contents were not divulged.

Brabham's legal team argued mention of the letter would have caused the jury to speculate about its contents.

But the Queensland Court of Appeal rejected that argument and found there were no issues with the way the trial was run.

Brabham's father, Sir Jack, was a three-time Formula One champion and died on the Gold Coast in 2014, aged 88.

Gary Brabham, himself, made a brief foray into Formula One in 1990 and had two starts in the Indy Car World Series in 1993 and 1994 before retiring in 1995.

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