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A Goonellabah man who allegedly got his 13-year-old daughter drunk and stoned before sexually and indecently assaulting her last year will stand trial in the District Court.

It is alleged between September 28 and October 3, 2016, the man gave his daughter several cans of premixed Jim Beam and vodka and lemonade, and she smoked cannabis through a bong.

‘If you let me me pour grog on your tits and let me suck your tits,’ the man allegedly said.

‘No’ the girl said immediately, refusing his advances.

On another occasion, it is alleged the man and the girl drank a four pack of premixed raspberry and vodka and a six pack of Smirnoff Ice before he allegedly had sex with her without her consent.

Following complaints to police by the girl, an investigation was launched and the 40-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested on June 30 this year by detectives from the Ballina Child Abuse Squad.

He was charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault, indecent assault of a person under 16, inciting aggravated indecency and causing a person to take an intoxicating substance with the intent to commit an indictable offence.

The court previously heard the man elected to change his solicitor, delaying proceedings.

The prosecution served the brief of evidence against the man on September 5, and following discussions with his solicitor the court heard the man elected to stand trial after pleading not guilty to the charges.

On Tuesday at Lismore Local Court Magistrate Karen Stafford adjourned the man’s matters to Lismore District Court on November 8.


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1 COMMENT

  1. Is it really necessary to report the abuse and what he said in quite such detail ?
    As a survivor of sexual abuse at the same age myself. I don’t think it is helpful to the child.

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