Teen claims four years of abuse by sister's boyfriend



AN 18-YEAR-OLD girl fled home after her sister's boyfriend raped her, a court heard yesterday.

The 24-year-old man appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday charged with one count of rape on January 9.

But Police Prosecutor Sergeant Brian Smith told the court the girl alleged she had been raped by the man in incidents dating back four years.

The girl had been living with the couple at their Rockhampton home in the lead-up to the incident, he said.

He said the man had confronted the girl before his arrest on Monday and told her to lie to her parents about the incident.

Sergeant Smith opposed bail for the accused citing fears he may seek retribution towards the girl or her parents.

He said the man worked at the same Central Queensland mine site as the girl's parents and shared a common dinner room.

But defence solicitor David Mills said the man was always surrounding by collegues at work and would not have the opportunity to harm the girl's parents.

He said the man's girlfriend, who was present in court, had shown nothing but support for her partner since the allegations had come to light.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy granted the man bail but placed him under strict orders to avoid all contact with the alleged victim and her family.

The case was adjourned to May.



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