Jury considers fate of alleged child rapist

THE jury was deciding the fate of a former Hervey Bay man late yesterday and is due to make a decision on whether or not he raped and had a sexual relationship with his stepdaughter.

The trial ended late yesterday for the 42-year-old man, who cannot be named - to protect the girl's identity.

He pleaded not guilty to offences including maintaining a sexual relationship with the girl, rape, attempted rape and indecent treatment of a child.

Yesterday the jury asked the court to re-examine evidence, including the girl's recorded police interview and recorded cross-examination.

This took most of the day and the jury retired at about 4pm to consider their verdict.

It is alleged the man molested his stepdaughter in NSW, Caboolture and Deception Bay between 2009, when she was nine years old, and 2012.

Under cross-examination the girl, who was a teenager when she told police about the alleged abuse, revealed she had broken up with her boyfriend because she felt like she had cheated on him.

"Because of my stepdad, I felt like a cheated on him," she said.

The girl was also quizzed about why she did not tell her mother sooner and she said she thought it was normal.

"Because I was scared, I was shocked, I didn't know what to do," she said.

"I thought it was normal for a stepdad to do that, because it happened to me since I was young, I thought it was normal."

The case will resume today. - APN NEWSDESK



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