Man denies sexual abuse against partner's girls

JAMES GREENLAND
Last updated 13:41 03/12/2013

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A man is on trial in the Nelson District Court charged with historic sex crimes.

He yesterday denied Crown allegations that he abused his partner's two young daughters in the 1990s.

The man faces 13 charges in total, including having an unlawful sexual connection with a girl under 12, and indecently assaulting girls under 12 and females aged between 12-16.

He pleaded not guilty to all counts through defence lawyer Arthur Fairley.

The defendant cannot be named to protect the identity of the two complainants - sisters who were aged between eight and 12-years-old when the alleged offences happened in their family home..

In his opening statement prosecutor Mark O'Donoghue said the older sister initially kept the sexual abuse a secret.

She tearfully told her mother what the man had done to her, only after she realised that he had also abused her younger sister, Mr O'Donoghue said.

The girls' mother separated from the man, after she confronted him and he allegedly admitted his crimes.

The man first abused the older sister by indecently touching her , Mr O'Donoghue said.

The abuse escalated, and included the man inducing the girl to do sex acts on him, sometimes in her mother's bedroom. He also performed oral sex on the younger sister when she was aged just eight or nine, Mr O'Donoghue said.

The trial, before Judge Phil Gittos, is set down for this week.

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- The Nelson Mail

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