I lied about sexual abuse by father, says girl

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 April, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 April, 1998, 12:00am

A teenager who has refused to answer questions in the sex abuse trial of her father said yesterday she lied to police.

The girl, 17, agreed with defence lawyer James McGowan that accusations she made to police were untrue.

Prosecutor Andrew Raffell said he was puzzled by this evidence, which he suggested contradicted parts of her earlier testimony.

He asked the girl whether what she had said to the police was true. 'I can't remember,' she said.

Mr Raffell said: 'I say to you it is all true. Are you happy with that?' She replied: 'Not happy.' Asked if she remembered what was in the statements, she said: 'I don't want to say anything about my father.' The girl completed her evidence after three days in the witness box, giving testimony from behind screens. On Friday, Deputy Judge Gareth Lugar-Mawson warned her she could go to prison if she did not answer questions.

The trial, in which her 50-year-old father denies indecent assault and buggery, continues at the Court of First Instance today.


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