Incest charge blamed on paperwork

CHILD Safety Minister Phil Reeves put the “mistaken identity” error down to a paperwork error.
CHILD Safety Minister Phil Reeves put the “mistaken identity” error down to a paperwork error. CHRIS ISON

A QUEENSLAND grandfather who complained he was denied access to his granddaughter over incorrect incest claims was the victim of a paperwork error, the state government says.

Child Safety Minister Phil Reeves said today an independent review into the Toowoomba man’s case had found none of the incorrect rape and incest claims were actually held on his case file.

Mr Reeves put the “mistaken identity” error down to a mistake that occurred after the man submitted a request under Right to Information laws for documents held by the department.

The 64-year-old man last month brought his case into the public domain, complaining he was refused contact with his nine-year-old granddaughter last year while he pleaded for the error to be corrected.

The grandfather told reporters he had obtained departmental records showing rape and incest allegations referring to a different person with a similar name.


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