Alleged incest victim 'cried softly' after abuse: court

AN EMERALD man charged with two counts of incest appeared before day one of a trial in Rockhampton District Court yesterday.

The court heard the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had sexual intercourse with his then 15-year-old daughter when they lived in Emerald and Allenstown in the 1970s.

Crown prosecutor Alexandra Baker said the defendant told the girl "a man has his needs" at the time of offending.

She said part of the offending was committed while the family lived in a caravan.

Ms Baker told the court the girl cried softly because she was told if the other children woke up they would be sent away.

The trial will continue today.



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