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Man accused of raping 14-year-old girl

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

The 44-year-old man pleaded not guilty to three counts of raping the girl, who is now 16 and alleges the sexual assault occurred at the man's home on May 13, 2014, when she was 14.

Addressing the seven-man, five-woman jury, Crown prosecutor Christopher Cook said the girl alleged she and another friend, who was aged 17 at the time, went to the accused's home where they smoked marijuana and drank alcohol bought by the man.

Mr Cook said the jury would watch the police interview with the girl recorded just hours after the alleged rapes.

During the interview the girl alleges the man pushed both her and her friend into his bedroom and had sex with both of them in his bed as they laid next to each other.

The girl alleges the sexual intercourse was not consensual and that she tried to keep her legs closed but the accused pulled them apart and raped her.

No complaint was made to police by the girl's older friend, the jury was told.

Mr Cook said the jury would have the option to consider the alternative charges of carnal knowledge and indecent treatment.

The trial, before Judge Michael Shanahan, continues.


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