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Father’s future hinges on child's sex dream

WAS it a dream or was a three-year-old girl raped by her own father?

That's the quandary facing a jury in the trial of a man on child-sex charges.

The defendant, who cannot be identified, is alleged to have sexually assaulted his daughter, who is now five.

The jury retired on Wednesday after a three-day trial in the Gladstone District Court.

During summing-up procedures, evidence provided by the victim was read in court.

The child stated the events of the offence were a "real dream".

Defence barrister David Murray asked the young witness about her knowledge of dreams in an attempt to establish whether the young girl could decipher reality from fantasy.

"When you talk about real dreams, could you feel anything?" he asked.

"I felt like it was a dream and it was a dream," the child replied.

The prosecution alleges the offence occurred while the victim and her sister were visiting her father for court-ordered visitation in August 2012.

Inconclusive results of a medical examination were also presented to the court.

The defence claimed no case to answer in light of inherent weaknesses, vagueness and inconsistencies in Crown evidence.

It was also argued that the mother's new partner had previously threatened the defendant by saying he would not see the children again.

The jury is expected to return a verdict on Thursday.

Topics:  gladstone district court rape



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