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Jail time slashed for man convicted over sexual abuse of young children



A disabled Melbourne man, convicted over the horrific sexual abuse of two young children, has had his prison sentence slashed amid concerns he could catch COVID-19 behind bars.

A jury found Trevor Dunmall, 58, guilty of multiple charges, including two counts of sexually penetrating a person aged under 12.

The court heard the offending started in 2015, and continued over a period of two years; the Cranbourne man's victims only came forward in the years following the abuse.

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Dunmall has always maintained his innocence, forcing his young victims to undergo lengthy cross-examination.

Despite that, Justice Felicity Hampel reduced his sentence because he suffers poor health, including type 2 diabetes.

"Imprisonment in a time of COVID is more onerous and a sentence must be reduced as a result of that," Hampel told the County Court today.

"There's also the fear of being exposed to COVID in an environment where you no longer have control over who you see and when you see them."

Hampel sentenced Dunmall to eight years and six months in prison, with a non-parole period of five years and six months.

In 2020, the former security guard was interviewed on 9News after being bashed in a random attack at Cranbourne Park shopping centre.

He will remain on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life.

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