Girl: 'Grandma, dad raped me'

A WOMAN has told a court about the time she made a comment about a radio news bulletin that then led to her granddaughter revealing her father had been raping her.

The woman told the court she was so shocked at the revelations she was forced to pull over the car.

A Mackay man, 41, who cannot be named in order to protect his daughter's identity, pleaded not guilty this week in the Brisbane District Court to rape and maintaining a relationship with a child.

The court heard the offences took place at various times when the family lived at Howard, near Hervey Bay and Bundaberg, between 2002 and 2008.

The witness said the girl was aged between three and 10 years old at the time.

APN Newsdesk has chosen not to name the witness.

She told the court on Wednesday the girl came to stay with her in December, 2011 at their property in Kilkivan, near Gympie when the girl was about 14 years old.

"Although the girl is not a blood relative, I consider her to be one of my grandchildren as I have known her all her life," she said.

"One day when driving in the car she said her father had touched her inappropriately.

"It was in response to something I commented on that I heard on the radio while we were driving.

"I immediately pulled over but she just clammed up and would not talk about it."

The woman told the court that during a second conversation months later the girl revealed that her father had been raping her since she was three and it happened every night.

The trial before Judge David Reid continues.

- APN NEWSDESK.



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