Girl tells about sex acts in ‘nightmare'
A ROCKHAMPTON girl confided to her parents of a nightmare in which her uncle tried to undress her, a court heard yesterday.
The girl, who is now 15 and can not be named, testified during a pre-recorded video in the Rockhampton District Court yesterday that her parents questioned her if it had ever actually happened.
The girl said she told them her uncle had sexually assaulted her on five occasions before her dream.
Her uncle, who also can not be identified, pleaded not guilty to maintaining a sexual relationship with a child, three counts of indecently dealing with a child and two counts of attempted indecent treatment of a child.
Yesterday was the second day of his trial.
Crown prosecutor David Morters alleged the man committed the acts against the girl five times, once when she was eight and four times when she was 11 and 12.
The court heard the girl often stayed with her uncle and his family.
She testified she did not tell anyone of the sexual assaults beforehand because she thought no one would believe her because she had a good relationship with her uncle.
During questioning from the accused's defence lawyer, the girl said she had confided in five relatives after the dream before making a statement to police. This included her uncle's wife – her aunty.
The lawyer asked the girl if the alleged sexual assaults began as a dream and as she was asked more and more questions by relatives she became convinced it was real. He also asked if she felt pressured to slander the accused.
But the girl maintained the accused committed the sexual assaults. The trial continues today.