Gary Thomas Brabham, son of three-time Formula One champion Jack Brabham, is to serve at least six months in prison after being found guilty of the rape and indecent treatment of a young girl.
The former Formula driver has been convicted at Brisbane’s District Court on March after pleading not guilty to the charges involving a child under 12.
Brabham was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in prison and to be suspended after six months, the Australian Associated Press reported. Reports said that after almost a day of deliberations, the 12-person jury on Thursday found the 55-year-old Brabham guilty of one charge of rape and one charge of indecent treatment of a child then aged 6.
During the trial period, prosecutors alleged that the crimes have been occurred between 2003 and 2007 when the young girl was between six and 10 years old. Brabham will be sentenced in April.
After the verdict was handed down the court was told that the 55-year-old former F1 driver had a criminal history, and that it has subsequently been revealed that in 2009 Brabham pleaded guilty to charges of indecent dealing of a child aged 12 years old.
A son of three-time Formula One world champion Sir Jack Brabham and the brother of Le Mans winner Geoff and David Brabham, Gary Brabham is a former professional racing driver from Australia and a British Formula 3000 champion. In 1990, He made an attempt to race at Formula One racing, but he failed to qualify for the two Formula One Grand Prix and has been the slowest qualifier.
After those two poor performances, it was clear that no improvement was forthcoming, the 55-year-old driver decided to quit the team in disgust. In addition, Brabham also worked for the troubled Life project, a team that failed to qualify for all 14 of its attempts during the 1990 season.
In 1993, Brabham tried his luck in CART, and has become the first Australian driver to race the Gold Coast IndyCar street race. He retired from racing in 1995 to teach advanced driver training to celebrities competing in the Australian and British GP celebrity races.
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