Jury says man didn't touch girl, retrial on rape likely

A MACKAY miner has been acquitted of indecently touching his young stepdaughter but a jury could not reach a decision on whether he raped her.

The Brisbane District Court jury also could not reach a decision on whether he supplied marijuana to her as a minor.

The man, 39, was living in Mackay when he met the girl's mother but the new family moved to Brisbane in 2003 and then Collingwood Park in 2004.

The girl alleges she was aged about nine or 10 when her stepfather raped her in a bathroom and committed other indecent acts.

During closing submissions, Crown prosecutor Katrina Overell said the alleged offences were sporadic and opportunistic at the family's various homes.

She said the girl's mother did not believe the allegations when the girl told her school teacher and her stepfather acted aggressively after accusations were made, calling her "a f***ing liar".

"She was a powerless child about 10 years old, no one saw what happened and her mother didn't accept what she said," she said.

Ms Overell said the defence would argue the girl made up the story, seeking sympathy from friends, but she said the girl lost family and friends over the allegations.

The court heard the girl was now an adult and gave birth to her own child last year.

The offences the jury could not reach a verdict on will likely head for a retrial later in the year.



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