The Queensland Court of Appeal has upheld the conviction of a former Noosa councillor jailed for child sex offences.
- The Court of Appeal ruled Frank Pardon suffered no miscarriage of justice
- The Appeal judge found the victim’s evidence during the 2019 trial was “clear”
- Pardon served on the Noosa Council for two years despite facing charges
Frank Pardon served on the Noosa Council for two years while awaiting trial for charges relating to the abuse of a 14-year-old girl in the 1990s.
In December 2019, a Sunshine Coast jury found Pardon guilty of nine counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16, and one count of maintaining a sexual relationship with a child.
He was acquitted of one charge of indecent treatment of a child.
During the 2019 trial, the District Court in Maroochydore heard Pardon assaulted the 14-year-old over several months at a Sunshine Coast business, in his car and at his home.
The Jury heard Pardon had…