Father dumbfounded by rape claims

A TEXT message sent to a male friend by a young girl accusing her father of raping her when aged 10 has been used by the Crown as evidence in its case against him.

In a trial before the Lismore District Court, the Northern Rivers divorced dad, aged in his 50s, has strongly maintained his innocence of all charges stemming from a series of allegations made by his daughter that he raped her three times in 2004 and also committed an act of indecency.

“I’m absolutely dumbfounded,” the man said yesterday of the accusations. “I deny it totally. There was no sexual misconduct between me and (daughter) at all.”

In concluding the Crown’s case, the prosecutor told the jury the message that was sent in May 2007 ‘has very much the ring of truth’.

“He told me to come to his room and lay on his bed. I did what he said. I loved him so much. He drank heavily every day. He pulled down my pants then he raped me and no one knew. Later I realised I hated my dad’, it stated in part.

The Crown said it was very clear something traumatic had gone on in the girl’s life to move her from the position of loving her dad to never wanting to see him again, and that she had kept it bottled up inside.

“You were treating her more like a partner that a 10-year-old daughter, including behaving in a sexual way,” the Crown said.

“No, incorrect,” the father replied.

A police videotaped interview with the man was played in which he denied ever kissing his youngest daughter on the lips, an allegation made in court by his elder daughter.

He described her allegations of seeing the pair kissing on the lips and cuddling on a couch as ‘nonsense’. He said his youngest daughter had developed an obsession about living with him and not going back to her mother’s house. He maintained that because of this obsession it was decided for her health that she not see or stay with him.

The trial continues today.

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