A father convicted of sexually abusing his five-year-old daughter was yesterday reprimanded by a magistrate, who said not even animals interfered with their offspring. 'What the defendant has done goes against nature,' Hugh Sinclair said in Eastern Court. 'In all societies, including the animal kingdom, to interfere with your offspring is a taboo.' The magistrate was hearing a request by the 47-year-old disabled man for adjournment of his sentencing. The man's lawyer, Fu Chong-sang, said he wanted to obtain reports on his client from a psychiatrist and a probation officer. But Mr Sinclair said: 'I have seen him in court. He has not had any problems reacting normally. I also heard no history of his being eccentric or irrational.' The magistrate later agreed to call for a report on the father's mental state, but rejected the application to obtain a probation officer's opinion. The attacks took place over 10 months last year.