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Step-grandfather accused of rape

A GIN GIN woman has detailed allegations against the step-grandfather she accuses of maintaining a sexual relationship with her while she was a young girl.

Between May 2003 and September 2011 the 63-year-old Brisbane man allegedly showed an ongoing sexual interest in the then primary-school aged girl. He is also accused of one count of rape and three counts of indecent treatment of a child under 12 and under his care.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the alleged victim, pleaded not guilty to all five charges in the Bundaberg District Court on Wednesday as a jury was empanelled to hear the alleged case against the 63-year-old.

In a four-hour recorded police interview in 2014 the woman described how during regular trips to Brisbane to visit her step-grandfather, or when he would visit her in Gin Gin and when the girl and her family would holiday away with her grandparents, her "poppy" would make sexual comments and indecently touch her.

During the interview the woman said her step-grandfather touched and rubbed her genitals, both on the outside and inside of her underwear.

"It was weird because I didn't know people did that, I didn't know what sex was then," she said.

"I didn't know how to defend myself.

"I was a little girl."

The woman alleges on one occasion when she was in about grade three she was in her grandparents' bedroom. Her grandmother was just metres away in the ensuite bathroom showering and her parents and siblings were elsewhere in the house.

She said her step-grandfather lay next to her on the bed, kissed her on the mouth and touched her.

Crown prosecutor David Finch said the court would also hear a taped conversation between the woman and her step-grandfather in which the accused apologises - an admission the crown suggests indicates the man knew his actions were wrong.

Mr Finch said the recorded phone call took place after the accused became aware his step-granddaughter had made allegations against him.

"I can't do anything about it now; it's something that happened a long time a go. That's not what pops are supposed to do," the accused allegedly says.

The woman's mother is expected to give evidence as the trial continues before Judge Fleur Kingham today.

Topics:  bundaberg district court



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