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Kmart Kidnapper Sentenced To Eight Years

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A man who kidnapped a girl from a Kmart store north of Brisbane in December 2018, has been sentenced to eight years jail on Friday.  

27-year-old Sterling Mervyn Free lured the seven-year-old from the store at North Lakes, walked her into bushland where he molested her, before returning her to the shopping centre more than an hour later. 

On Friday, Free pleaded guilty to deprivation of liberty, taking a child for immoral purposes and indecent treatment of a child under 12, according to News Corp.  

In sentencing, Judge Julie Dick described the offending as “every parent’s worst nightmare” and described footage of him leading the little girl from the shops as “chilling”.

Vision of Free, who has two daughters of his own, showing him leading the little girl away from the centre was played to the courtroom before he was sentenced.  

Free was sentenced to eight years behind bars but will be eligible for parole in August 2021 according to News Corp.  

Sunshine Coast resident and mother of Daniel Morcombe, Denise, released a statement on Twitter.