Sex crime accused spoke of suicide

A NORTHERN Rivers man, charged with five counts of sex with a minor, is alleged to have begged his teenage lover not to go to the police, saying he would kill himself if sent to jail.

Yesterday was the second day of the trial in Lismore District Court of the man, also charged with seven counts of indecent assault.

The complainant, who is now 27, told the court the man said to her: “Don’t go to the police. I don’t want to go to jail, I’ll kill myself.

“No one else understands, I’m in love with you.”

The victim said the 49-year-old man, who was married to her sister, began touching her inappropriately when she was 13.

The court heard the accused, who cannot be named to protect the complainant’s identity, also allegedly impregnated her, once when she was 15 years old and twice when she was 16.

But under cross examination from defence barrister, Kate Traill, the complainant admitted she could not be sure of the exact time of her first pregnancy.

Ms Traill suggested to the defendant that they did not have sex until the girl was 16, the legal age to consent to intercourse.

The complainant admits having a consensual relationship with the man after she turned 16 until she was 19.

The complainant also admitted living with the man for about a year and becoming estranged from her sister.

Ms Traill said the two sisters had a ‘frosty’ relationship and the complaintant admitted her sister stopped speaking to her.

Ms Traill also suggested the complainant had ‘made up’ many incidences of inappropriate touching because she had amended the dates they took place when reporting her story to authorities.

“I haven’t made anything up. I mistakenly get dates wrong, but I haven’t made anything up,” the complainant told the court.

But during questioning by the defence about her exact age during sexual encounters the complainant admitted: “I was very confused yesterday. I am very confused today.”

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