Jury to decide fate of man accused of raping daughter
A JURY has begun deliberating in the trial of a man who is alleged to have brutally raped his daughter throughout her childhood.
The 55-year-old man is on trial in Brisbane District Court for raping the girl starting on her fifth birthday up until she was 13 at homes in Ipswich and Brisbane between 1988 and 1997.
The Gailes father has pleaded not guilty to seven charges of rape and six other child sex offences.
Despite more than 30 years passing since the start of the alleged abuse, Crown prosecutor Liz Kelso described the victim, now 35, as a compelling witness.
Ms Kelso told the court she had disclosed her father's alleged abuse to a number of people in the decades that had passed.
Defence barrister Adrian Braithwaite argued there were a number of inconsistencies with the victim's story.
He said that it was "implausible" that the man would have raped his daughter in a household where a number of people lived.
Judge Leanne Clare sent the jurors away on Thursday afternoon to make their decision. - NewsRegional
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