Dad accused of raping daughter

A MARYBOROUGH man, 46, accused of raping his intellectually impaired daughter appeared in the Maroochydore District Court yesterday.

The court heard the Maryborough man, who cannot be identified, raped his daughter four times between January 28, 2003, and May 1, 2004, in their Maryborough home.

In addition to four rape charges the man is facing one count of attempting to unlawfully procure an intellectually impaired person to perform an indecent act.

It is alleged the man offered his daughter, who suffers from congenital neurological damage and a seizure disorder, $10 to have sex with him.

The man entered a plea of not guilty to all charges.

During his trial, which is expected to last three days, the man will remain self-represented, with his mother, the girl’s grandmother, as his spokeswoman.

The court heard the accused started raping his daughter after he and his wife, the girl’s mother, separated.

It is alleged that about two weeks after his wife left the home the man entered his daughter’s room and digitally raped her.

In a recorded interview the complainant said she told her father “Don’t, don’t, don’t”, but he continued to penetrate her, telling his daughter to “be quiet and don’t tell anyone”.

About five weeks after the first offence the girl claimed her father entered her room, woke her up, took off her pants and raped her.

During the rape the girl said her father asked her: “Do you feel anything at all?”

“I told him to stop but he didn’t listen to me, he just kept doing it,” the girl said.

“I said to him ‘you’re supposed to be my father, not my boyfriend’.”

The girl said she did not tell anyone of the alleged rapes because her father bribed her with money and cheese.

She said she was also scared her father would hurt her and she would “get laughed at”.

The girl said that in late April 2004, her father tried to bribe her into having sex.

“He tried to con me into having sex with him for money.

“He said he’d give me $10.”

The girl’s younger sister, aged 14 and 15 when the alleged offences occurred, testified her father went into her sister’s room more often after their mother left and she had heard her sister scream at her father to get out.

She said her sister “became more angry” during the period.

The trial continues today, with the girl’s mother to give evidence.

— SUNSHINE COAST DAILY



K'gari is second home to our island rangers

K'gari is second home to our island rangers

The rangers have had years of experience on the island.

GALLERY: Guinea Pigs scrub up for the show

GALLERY: Guinea Pigs scrub up for the show

Dozens of Guinea Pigs appeared at the show with their owners.

When and where to vote early in the Fraser Coast by-election

When and where to vote early in the Fraser Coast by-election

Looking to vote early? Here's where you can pre-poll on the Coast.

Local Partners