Incest accused granted bail

NATHAN PAULL
Last updated 17:02 24/12/2012

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An Australian man accused of committing "repeated acts of brutal sexual violence" against family members has been granted bail.

The 62-year-old Gold Coast man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court today, charged with more than 40 offences, including indecent treatment of a girl under 14, rape, incest and sexual assault.

Police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Mark Gorton told the court the man's offending had taken place between the 1960s and 2000.

"They are repeated acts of brutal sexual violence against members of his family," he said.

Defence lawyer Nick Dore said any concerns the court had about his client could be addressed in bail conditions imposed upon him.

Dore said the allegations were "quite old" and his client would be able to live with his stepdaughter.

He said the allegations were initially raised almost a year ago by a civil lawyer.

"So he's been well aware of these allegations since March," he said.

"The police chose 4.30pm (AEST) on Saturday afternoon to arrest him for that."

Magistrate Wendy Cull granted the man bail on the condition he report to police and not have any contact with the complainants.

The matter will be mentioned again on February 4.

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