Jury considers incest case

THE jury hearing evidence in a case of alleged sexual assaults by a Northern Rivers man involving his teenage daughter has retired to consider its verdict.

The man, 59, is pleading not guilty to three counts of indecent assault on a child and one count of rape, following his daughter’s accusations.

In final evidence heard in the Lismore District Court, three school girls provided details of conversations they had with their friend in 2006 in which she made comments about her father inappropriately touching her.

In summing up, defence counsel Megan Cusack said there had been no witnesses to the alleged offences, no DNA evidence, and it was a case where they had to assess the reliability of the key witness.

The Crown described the girl, 15, as an impressive witness who said she still loved her father.

The Crown said it must be strange for the girl to be taken advantage of by someone in her life who was meant to protect her.



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