Man, 70, found guilty of raping daughter

An Invercargill District Court jury has found a 70-year-old man guilty of five sex offences, including the rape of his daughter and indecent assault of his grand-daughter.

A 12-person jury found the man, who has final name suppression, guilty of rape and three charges of indecent assault between December 1978 and December 1984.

He was also found guilty of indecent assault and not guilty on another charge of indecent assault. .

Four verdicts were unanimous and two were by majority.

The trial, before Judge Kevin Phillips, started in the Invercargill District Court on Tuesday.

After the verdicts were delivered yesterday the man was remanded in custody to December 18 for sentence.

In his opening address on Tuesday crown lawyer Riki Donnelly said the victims were the man's daughter and his grand-daughter.

Some of the offending included raping his daughter when she was aged about 6 or 7 and indecently assaulting her when she was about 11, Mr Donnelly said.

The man also indecently assaulted his grand-daughter between 2008 and 2010 when she was aged about 7 or 8, he said.

Defence lawyer Hugo Young said his client did not commit the crimes.

The Southland Times