Mum takes stand in rape trial

A MOTHER took to the stand on day two of her daughter's rape trial heard at the District Court in Warwick yesterday, where testimony was also given by the girl, her sibling and school friends.

A 29-year-old man faces three charges of indecent treatment of a child under 16 and two counts of rape at the current District Court sitting, which visits Warwick about four times a year.

By law he cannot be named to protect the identity of the complainant.

The courtroom was closed while the six-man and six-woman jury heard pre-recorded evidence via video link from the child witnesses yesterday morning.

When the court was re-opened, the Crown Prosecutor called the complainant's mother to the stand where the court heard she was in a de-facto relationship with the accused at the time of the alleged offences, which were a “big shock”.

“They had a good relationship, they sometimes called him Dad,” the mum said.

The mother told the court she became aware of “rumours” and asked her daughter about the alleged conduct while waiting to see a doctor about a sore throat.

“She said he touched her private parts, her breasts and when I asked if he'd put his fingers or penis inside her vagina she told me, ‘yes',” the mother said. “We were in the waiting room very upset.”

The woman then told the court her daughter was examined by a doctor and the police were notified and present when she was examined.

The doctor did not note any visual or external trauma during the examination.

The treating doctor testified via telephone link and told the court the girl reported she had been “sexually molested”.

“She said it occurred over 12 months on about three to four occasions,” the doctor said. “The most recent occurrences were during the September school holidays (during 2008, two weeks before the doctor's examination).”

A verdict is expected today.


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