Qld Government to appeal sentence of Kmart kidnapper

The State has today confirmed that they will appeal the “manifestly inadequate” sentence given to Queensland man Sterling Free.

The Morayfield father kidnapped a 7-year-old girl from a Kmart store at North Lakes in Brisbane in December 2018.

He then took her to secluded bushland where he sexually assaulted her, before returning the youngster to the shopping centre more than an hour later.


The 27-year-old was sentenced to eight years behind bars earlier this month, but will be eligible for parole in August 2021.

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath announced in parliament this morning that she will appeal the sentence.

“I understand there has been significant community interest in this matter,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“It is always important that I afford the Director of Public Prosecutions the time necessary to properly consider matters when preparing a brief in consideration of appealing any matter – especially one that involves a child.

“I have now received advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“I have thoroughly considered that advice – and have decided to appeal.”