Man allegedly raped sister-in-law
A 66-YEAR-OLD grandfather has gone on trial in the Lismore District Court accused of a series of ongoing sexual assaults on his wife’s young sister when she was aged between 13 and 15.
The man, who cannot be named, is accused of raping the teenager at various rural properties in the Lismore region between March 1967 and December 1969.
The girl, now aged 55, first made the allegations to Lismore police in 2004.
Before a jury of nine women and three men, the Crown prosecutor outlined the allegations made against the woman’s brother-in-law, saying her evidence was crucial because there were no independent witnesses to the acts.
He said she was part of a large family and as a child had lived at various rural properties where she accused her brother-in-law, then aged in his 20s, of carrying out the assaults.
The Crown said the woman accused her relative of first sexually assaulting her in the back seat of his black FJ Holden in 1967.
“When his wife was pregnant he directed her into the car, pulled her pants down, then told her not to tell or she would get a hiding,” the prosecutor said.
The Crown said she alleged her brother-in-law indecently assaulted her by putting ice down the front of her shorts on either Christmas or Boxing Day, 1967, during a family gathering at his mother’s home.
Later that same day in the evening he allegedly raped her behind a big tree at the property.
In another incident, the Crown said the woman accused the man of raping her in a shed a week after her 14th birthday in 1968.
During that incident her mother went to the shed and called out for her, but he had his hand over her mouth preventing her from calling out.
The Crown alleged systematic sexual assaults with the woman claiming how on regular weekend visits to his farm the man would sneak into her bedroom at night to have sex with her after his wife went to bed, although these allegations do not form part of the charges.
He is also accused of raping the child against the wall of a dairy shed and also in the dairy, which was interrupted when his wife arrived and the girl was told to ‘look busy’.
Defence barrister Megan Cusack revealed her client denied the woman’s allegations. She said he even denied the offences to the woman while she was wearing a wire for police during a conversation at the Lismore RSL Club.
“He says it never happened, that none of the allegations ever occurred,” Ms Cusack said.
“He reiterates it in the listening device.”
The trial will continue today before Judge James Black.