The state government has been ordered to pay three sisters nearly $800,000 in compensation after they were sexually abused by a foster child who was living in their home.
The three women – now aged 27, 26 and 23 – were under 18 when the abuse occurred in their Cairns home between January and May 2006.
They claimed the foster child, a well-built 14-year-old Indigenous boy, had come into their bedrooms at night. In some cases they alleged he inappropriately touched them and masturbated in front of them.
In a complicated legal case that took more than four years to resolve, the Cairns District Court heard the foster child was taken into the care of the family in December 2005 while he was being prosecuted for raping the three-year-old daughter of his former foster carer.
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