Not guilty for daughter assault

A JURY in the Lismore District Court has found a Northern Rivers father not guilty of indecently assaulting his daughter when she was aged between 12 and 15.

The man, 60, who cannot be named, pleaded not guilty at his trial to three charges of indecently assaulting the girl when she was under 16.

The Crown alleged the assaults took place in 2006, 2008 and January last year.

He was also found not guilty of having sexual intercourse without consent with his daughter in 2008 and was immediately released from custody.

During the trial it was revealed the daughter had made an allegation about her father back in 2006 to a girlfriend on a school excursion.

The matter was reported to a DoCS helpline and the police child protection unit JIRT became involved

With the case finalised on Tuesday afternoon it can now be revealed the man’s NSW criminal history includes previous sexual assault offences against a daughter 20 years ago.

Police Criminal History records show that in 1988 he was convicted of having sexual intercourse with a girl aged under 16, and indecently assaulting a girl under 16.

His subsequent appeal before a district court was dismissed and he served a custodial sentence for the offences.

Police documents reveal when he was arrested in October 1987 on these earlier child sex allegations at his home (in another region of NSW) he met police at his home wielding a large carving knife, yelling abuse and making threats, including that if they come any closer “I’ll run this knife straight through you. I’ve got nothing to lose.”

As the matter escalated the man lunged at one police officer with the knife before telling the police “kill me, you’ve got a gun”, but he was eventually arrested.

In September 1989, the man was sentenced to a further six months’ jail (that was added by a district court judge to his jail sentence being served on the sexual assault offences) on the charge of threatening injury to prevent a police investigation.

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