Man on rape charge bailed

A MAN who allegedly raped his partner's 10-year-old daughter was granted bail in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday.

The 30-year-old man faced court on one count of rape relating to an alleged offence earlier in the year.

The court heard on July 15, the girl told her mother the man had sexually assaulted her after watching a movie with her two friends and aunt.

She said after watching Avatar with the three girls and the alleged offender, everyone fell asleep.

The man allegedly asked her to come to his mattress and remove her pants.

The court heard the man sexually assaulted the girl “for about 30 seconds” before people began to wake.

The accused then told her to go back to the couch and not to tell anyone what happened.

When interviewed by child protection officers, the girl said she was sore during and after the incident.

Defence lawyer Christine Delaney told the court her client strongly disputed the accusation saying he was being “set up”.

Prior to this offence, the girl allegedly told her mother that her last partner showed her his penis, but later admitted she had lied.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott opposed the bail application saying the defendant had breached bail and failed to appear on previous occasions.

“The basis of the my objection to this application is obviously the seriousness of the matter,” Sgt Shapcott said.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts granted the bail application on conditions including that the man resided with his brother in Bargara, reported regularly to the Bundaberg Police Station and did not have any contact with the girl, her family or friends.



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