PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 August, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 August, 1999, 12:00am

The most recent case of someone being acquitted of a charge based on his victim's inability to recall exact dates was a glass worker who sexually assaulted his daughter and beat her with a cane.

Court of First Instance judge Mr Justice Frank Stock said the father, who appeared in court last week, 'treated her with unacceptable cruelty' and 'contributed to her ruin' with his frequent canings and sexual abuse, without regret or remorse.

He initially faced four counts of incest and two of indecent assault. The incest charges were dropped in the course of the trial when the girl testified that this had not occurred.

However, Mr Justice Stock said it was obvious the jury believed the girl's account of both indecent assaults. She was aged 15 at the time.

But the man was acquitted of the first assault charge because the girl mixed up the date when the incident allegedly took place, leaving the jury unsure of it. The judge jailed the man for six years on his single conviction.