Jury considers sibling rape allegations
TODAY a jury enters its third day of deliberations in the case of a Fraser Coast man accused of repeatedly raping his little sister.
The Brisbane Supreme Court jury started deliberating on Wednesday after a 2.5 day trial, they continued yesterday and will return to the jury room today.
The man pleaded not guilty on Monday to three charges of rape, two of indecent treatment of children and one of supplying a drug to a minor.
The court heard the 37-year-old man's alleged victim was his younger half-sister and the offences were said to have occurred in Brisbane and Hervey Bay between 1998 and 2006.
The girl was eight and he was aged around 16 when the alleged offending began.
The first charge of rape related to an alleged incident in 1998 when the family was living in Brisbane.
The man was accused of entering his little sister's bedroom and lifting her from her bed.
He took her into his room and laid her down before removing her underwear and spooning her, Crown prosecutor Mal Harrison told the jury.
The girl - now aged about 29 - says her brother then raped her.
Afterwards, the brother told her not to tell their mother and her father - the man's stepfather - and that if she did her parents would disown her and they would kick her out.
The alleged indecent treatment stems from an incident sometime between 1999 and 2002.
The final set of offences - two rapes and the supply of drugs - allegedly took place in Hervey Bay in the man's unit and while his housemate was at home.
The girl was 14 years old at the time and was visiting her brother's home to attend a going away party he was holding.
It was alleged he gave the girl alcohol and marijuana before allegedly raping her while she was sleeping and then orally raping her when she awoke the next day.
The man gave evidence during the trial, telling the court he never harmed his sister.
His defence barrister Peter Nolan told the jury the alleged victim's testimony was inconsistent and much of it was refuted by his client, the siblings' mother and the girl's own father.
Mr Nolan said another sister's claim that the man allegedly spoke to her about having sex with the alleged victim should not be believed and that the jury should take into account the fact that the victim did not tell her parents or police until years after the abuse was said to have occurred.
Mr Nolan said the jury should disbelieve her because the alleged victim went to police in 2007 but withdrew her original complaint before again contacting police around 2017. - NewsRegional