Girl, 15, says father raped her

A 15-YEAR-OLD schoolgirl who accused her father of indecently assaulting her and of rape has given tearful evidence before a jury in the Lismore District Court saying she was frightened of him.

In taped audio visual evidence the teen sobbed while being questioned about her allegations during cross-examination by defence counsel Megan Cusack.

The girl’s father, 59, is pleading not guilty to three counts of indecent assault on a child aged under 16, and one count of sexual intercourse without consent.

The girl alleges the offences took place in 2006, 2008, and in January last year.

She accused her father of telling her after one assault that: “I did all right. That I’d enjoyed it and he’d enjoyed it.”

Taking the girl through her police statements, Ms Cusack said she alleged one incident took place while her mother was away in Sydney where she begged her father to stop, yet had gone to school as if nothing had happened.

Asked why she had not told her mother the girl spoke of threats her father made

“He told me not to tell anyone as he would feel guilty and kill himself,” she said.

“He threatened me. I’ve been threatened on many occasions, not only my life but his as well.”

Stating her father began acting strangely, the girl said she had not wanted him to be like that, but to behave the way he did when she was little.

“I was terrified of my father,” she said.

“Threatening me. I was scared to come home. I didn’t know what to expect.”

She also told her mother she was terrified.

“I’d text message her (mother) ‘I’m scared. He’s been threatening me. When are you going to come home?’

“Mum tried to reason with him to go and see a psychologist. We always prized ourselves on being a family unit.”

After one alleged assault she decided to use it to her advantage and get her father to allow her boyfriend to visit.

The girl said her father was delusional.

“I thought he was going to kill me. He was making up so much stuff. I wanted him to leave.”

The trial continues today.

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