Supreme Court incest trial begins in Launceston

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A MAN accused of having sexual intercourse with his teenage daughter is on trial in the Supreme Court in Launceston.
Nanjing Night Net

The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to three counts of indecent assault and one count of incest.

The acts are alleged to have occurred on the same day.

The accusations of indecent assaults include the man using a pen or markerto write words and draw arrows on the girl’s body, including her inner thigh area and abdomen.

The alleged words include “…’s property keep out” and “access denied to all but…”

Crown prosecutor Peter Sherriff, in his opening address, told jurors that the complainant learnt the accused was her father about a year before the allegations arose.

“It seems the accused had not played any fatherly role in her upbringing… she met him for the first time then and thereafter they spent some time together,” he said.

Mr Sherriff said that on a particular day, the accused and complainant exchanged text messages and the girl went to meet the accused who was staying in a hotel.

He said the allegations arose from what occurred that night in the hotel room.

The prosecutor said the agreed facts between the parties included a transcript of text messages between the accused and the complainant, takenfrom the man’s mobile phone.

In his opening address, defence counsel Alan Hensley said it was agreed that the complainant had been told the accused was her father and subsequently, an arrangement was made by text message for them to meet in a hotel.

“It’s also agreed that there were a number of text messages previously sent in the days and weeks leading up to the critical part and those text messages will cause you some concern; they are sexual in nature,” he said.

Mr Hensley said none of the agreed facts, however, established the critical elements of the crimes alleged beyond reasonable doubt.

“The state will not be able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that anything the accused did was unlawful or indecent,” he said.

Furthermore, Mr Hensley said that strangely, in this day and age of DNA testing, the Crown would fail to prove the accused was the complainant’s father and that any sexual intercourse occurred between the two.

The trial, before Justice Helen Wood, continues.

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