Defence suggests teen made up rape allegation

ON TRIAL: A 44-year-old Bundaberg man has pleaded not guilty in Bundaberg District Court to charges he raped a girl when she was 14.
ON TRIAL: A 44-year-old Bundaberg man has pleaded not guilty in Bundaberg District Court to charges he raped a girl when she was 14. Zach Hogg BUN110814CRT2

THE trial of a man accused of raping his daughter's teenage friend has continued in the Bundaberg District Court.

The 44-year-old Bundaberg man has pleaded not guilty to the charges alleged by the now 16-year-old girl.

Th teenager was 14 years old in May 2014 when she alleges she and another friend - who was then aged 17 - went to the man's unit.

While visiting the man, the teenager claims all three walked together to a bottleshop where the accused bought alcohol for the teenagers.

She said she and her friend smoked marijuana from a bong inside the man's house before the 44-year-old pushed both teenagers into his bedroom and had sex with them together - moving from one to the other as they laid side-by-side on the bed.

The teenager's evidence and cross examination was pre-recorded and played to the jury yesterday.

Defence barrister Bill McMillan put it to the teenager that none of the events unfolded and the two friends had "cooked" up their story in order to punish the accused for the way they perceived he had treated his daughter - a friend of both teenagers.

Mr McMillan suggested it was the teenagers who turned up a the accused's home carrying a bottle of alcohol and asked to use the toilet.

The alleged victim rejected Mr McMillan's suggestions and said the accused continued to hold her arms down while he had sex with her friend.

"She wasn't restrained. She could have got up and gone outside?" Mr McMillan asked, referring to the alleged victim's friend.

"She could have," the 16-year-old answered.

The teenager's friend also took to the witness box yesterday, telling the court she and the alleged victim smoked marijuana and had a couple of drinks at the man's house before they played a game of truth or dare.

The now 19-year-old said the game was the accused's idea and he dared them to take their clothes off.

She said the man was rubbing his hand up and down her friend's thigh and telling both girls they were gorgeous.

She said both she and her friend were naked when the accused walked them to his bedroom and had sex with them.

The trial, before Judge Michael Shanahan, continues.

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