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Man accused of sexually abusing daughter to face trial

AN ELDERLY man will face trial on 47 charges of sexually abusing his daughter in the 1970s and 80s.

He would have been a young man in the 1970s, but when he attended Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on the incest allegations on Wednesday, the man, now aged 76, walked with a cane and wore a Hawaiian shirt.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faces charges of underage sexual assault against his daughter including 16 counts of rape and 29 charges of indecent treatment of girls under 16 years.

Two charges of unlawful sodomy have also been alleged.

The court was closed on Wednesday as his middle-aged daughter complainant was cross examined about events from more than 30 years ago.

Police said the charges laid by police were consistent with the laws at the time of the alleged offences being committed.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Nicole Kunkel said the daughter had filed a complaint against her father in 2011.

Police prosecutors submitted witness statements, school records, a letter from a doctor, sketches of houses, field recordings and copies of birth and marriage certificates, in the committal hand-up on Wednesday.

Barrister Katarina Preskalo and solicitor Mary Buchanan represented the accused man on behalf of Legal Aid Queensland.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell ordered the man to be committed to stand trial and the matter has been handed up for the next sitting of Hervey Bay District Court.

He was given bail with conditions that he does not contact his daughter or possess firearms.

Topics:  abuse, hervey bay, hervey bay magistrates court



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