Stepfather to go on trial for rape

A MAN has been committed for trial in Rockhampton for the alleged rape of his stepdaughter 16 years ago.

The man appeared in the Rockhampton District Court on Wednesday where Magistrate Annette Hennessy found there were grounds to proceed with the charge which alleges he raped his stepdaughter between August 1 and December 31 of 1994 in Townsville.

The complainant, now 31, told the court that she moved into a home with the man and his wife when she was 10.

She said the accused raped her soon after his wife left him in August 1994.

Defence lawyer Geoff Skelton asked why she had claimed the other children living in the house were not aware of what was happening.

The woman said her stepfather, who is her mother's cousin, attacked her when the other children were asleep or sent them to school early.

Mr Skelton asked whether she had ever approached her stepfather for sex.

She said it happened but only because if he “did not get his way” he would punish the other children by making them walk the 5km to school instead of driving them.

The relationship continued after she left school and the woman gave birth to a daughter in 2000.

She told the court that at one stage her stepfather said he would help raise the child.

She denied calling the police to try to have the charges dropped.



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