A Bundaberg man accused of raping his stepdaughter on a dirt track off Childers Rd has denied the allegation.
A Bundaberg man accused of raping his stepdaughter on a dirt track off Childers Rd has denied the allegation. Brian Cassidy

Rape accused told stepdaughter her 'undies were in the way'

A BUNDABERG man accused of raping his stepdaughter on a dirt track off Childers Rd has denied the allegation.

The father-of-two, who cannot be named, pleaded not guilty to four sexual assault offences of a child under 16 in the Bundaberg District Court yesterday.

On day one of the trial, Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso told the jury the now-15-year-old girl's stepdad had kissed and touched her inappropriately on three separate occasions between 2014 and the end of 2016.

The first claim in time dates back to when the girl was in Year 5 or 6.

It is alleged the man asked his stepdaughter to sit in the front passenger seat on their way to pick up his biological daughters from his ex's home.

The court heard the pair drove south along Childers Rd for about 20 minutes when the stepdad lent across, put his left hand down his stepdaughter's shirt and squeezed her breast for about two seconds.

They then continued on driving for some time before the man turned off the highway and onto a dirt road lined by trees.

There was no one in sight, she told police in an interview in 2018.

Ms Kelso said the girl's stepdad pulled over in a clearing and hopped out of the car to have a smoke, but when his stepdaughter made to get out, he asked her to stay and keep him company.

"He opened the door, looked at her and placed his left hand down the front of her pants. He said to her 'your undies are in the way' and pulled them to the side", before digitally penetrating her, Ms Kelso told the court.

"He acted throughout the drive (afterwards) as though nothing had happened."

Ms Kelso told the jury the victim distinctly remembered her stepdad washing his hands once they arrived.

At yesterday's trial the man was also accused of touching the girl's breast in a backyard near Childers and kissing her breast while her sisters slept in a bunk bed beneath her.

The latter is alleged to have happened at her Bargara home when she was between 11 and 13 years old.

The witnesses expected to give evidence in the trial this week include the girl's mother, the police officer who took her statement early last year (when she was 14 years old) and a school guidance councillor - the first adult she told.

The trial is expected to resume tomorrow.



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