A jury will start deliberating today on the case of a man accused of having acted like a dictator, controlling and abusing his daughters and wife, and locking his disabled son in a car for hours on end.
The man, 66, who cannot be named, is charged with 17 counts of sexual violation by rape and indecent assault of his wife and two of his daughters, and wilfully ill-treating a son.
His lawyer, Paul Paino, said one of the daughters had put sexual motives on things that happened when there were none, such as an alleged incident when he was supposed to have touched her in the shower.
Paino said evidence from the mother and daughters revealed similarities that, far from bolstering the Crown case, showed they had talked about it between themselves and accounts had become exaggerated.
He said one of the daughters had a distorted, dysfunctional view of what happened and had a belief that her father was trying to slowly kill her disabled brother to get money.
Paino said: " Every portrayal of events she gave was biased, twisted and distorted."
She was manipulative and wanted to make life as bad as possible for her father. Paino also said there was no wilful ill-treatment of the son, and no neglect.
Crown prosecutor Geraldine Kelly said the man believed he had the right to take what he wanted when he wanted it.
He was an ever-present physical threat in the house, and his family's lives were dominated by his moods, his controls and his sexual demands.
He refused to allow his wife to learn English, or learn to drive.
The daughters described their childhood as traumatic, with their father always screaming, forceful and aggressive. He would turn up at school and hide in the bushes.
The judge will sum up the case today, before the jury begins deliberating.
- The Dominion Post