Man allegedly abused girl

A 36-year-old man has gone on trial for allegedly sexually abusing his daughter over a seven-year period and starting when she was two-years-old.

The man faces four counts of indecent treatment of a child and a charge of rape during a trial in the Rockhampton District Court which began yesterday.

The alleged abuse occurred between 1998 and 2005 in a number of Queensland towns including Gracemere, Gympie and Gilldora.

Crown Prosecutor Joshua Phillips told the jury that the defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, began grooming his daughter, now 14, for sex when he was in his mid-20s.

He said the man masturbated in front of her, showed her pornographic movies and touched her inappropriately.

On one occasion he forced her to perform oral sex on him.

When the family lived in Tasmania the man performed an indecent act in front of her and then said “tell mummy and the relationship is over”.

He is not facing trial for that alleged offence because it occurred in another state.

After the girl told a psychiatrist and her mother about the abuse, she was interviewed by a police officer.

The video interview, from March 2008, was played to the jury yesterday.

In the interview the girl said her father was a “creep” and “weirdo”.

She said he waited until they were alone on several occasions before abusing her.

Mr Phillips told the jury that they must be satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that the complainant was telling the truth.

The trial continues today.



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