Doctor alleges pregnant girl lied

A WOMAN who accuses her brother-in-law of sexually assaulting her when she was a girl had first lied to a doctor by telling her she became pregnant to a schoolboy at a drunken party.

In evidence at the man’s trial in Lismore District Court yesterday Dr Margaret Barker said the girl told her in July, 1999, she was pregnant to another student but that her brother-in-law would pay for the abortion.

The Northern Rivers doctor later learnt the girl no longer had a viable pregnancy.

Dr Barker said she saw the girl again in October that year with her mother and the teen was again pregnant.

“She disclosed the father of the child was her brother-in-law,” the doctor said. “She said that (the first pregnancy) was also her brother-in-law’s.”

Dr Barker said she explained to the girl that because of her young age she had to contact the Department of Children’s Services and referred her to the Tweed Heads Termination Clinic and to Sexual Assault Services.

However, Dr Barker said staff from DoCS told her it could not do anything because the girl was 16.

The man, now in his 50s, is pleading not guilty to five counts of having sex with a minor; and seven counts of indecent assault.

The jury trial has already been told that the girl later had a consensual relationship with the man from the age of 16 to 19, and even went overseas with him.

A cousin of the woman said he never saw the older man behave in any way that would suggest the pair were in a sexual relationship.

He said he did not see the man rubbing ice over the girl’s breasts in December, 1998, after she claimed to have been stung while swimming.

During cross-examination by defence barrister Kate Traill the woman’s mother denied ever kicking her daughter out of the family home.

“I remember a temporary thing in a youth house and saying to her that ‘it was not good for you’,” she said.

“Did she tell you she was climbing out of the window at the hostel to go and sleep with him,” asked Ms Traill.

“No,” replied her mother.

“I didn’t know what was going on. I thought this trial was about what happened to a little girl when she was 15.”

The trial continues.



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