Grandpa about sex allegation: 'I guess that's a jail term'

THE first person a Rockhampton girl told about her grandfather raping her many times was a boyfriend.

The grandfather is now on trial in Rockhampton District Court after pleading not guilty on Monday to one count of maintaining a sexual relationship with a child.

The boyfriend, who is now just the girl's friend, was the last witness to give evidence in the case yesterday.

He said she had told him she was going to make an anonymous report to police, and while he was away in Victoria she sent him a screen shot of the report by Facebook Messenger.

"She told me he had raped her multiple times over a number of years," the witness, now 18, said.

He said he called her immediately to talk about it as the information in the message was "revealing'' and detailed.

The court heard the witness later attended the girl's school and said she needed to go to a doctor or the Women's Health Centre.

The school called the girl's father - who also gave evidence yesterday - and he attended the school. When he asked his daughter why she would need to go to the Women's Health Centre, she said "because of what grandad did".

The court also heard a recording of a conversation between the defendant and the alleged victim's mother - his daughter - about the allegations.

The court heard the witness say to her father over the phone: "She's (victim) told us that you sexually abused her."

The defendant responded: "I didn't touch her. I did ask her to take her strides down... I never actually touched any part of her."

When his daughter said they were going to the police, the defendant responded: "I guess that's a jail term."

During his closing statement, Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips reminded the jury of the victim's evidence that her head would bump against the bed head during the rapes, that she described washing her mouth out after she was forced to give him oral sex, and the details about his pre-rape routine.

Defence barrister Scott Moon questioned the alleged victim's credibility and raised questions during his closing address about why she didn't complain to other adults about being sore after the "extremely painful" rape she claimed her grandfather conducted.

Mr Moon referred to her evidence about the first rape where she told the court she got dressed afterwards and went and played with her brother, and then her grandmother arrived home.

The trial continues today.



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