Triplets who are accusing their elder brother of sexually abusing them during their childhood decided to reveal his behaviour when they became adults because their mother did not believe them when they were children, the Court of First Instance heard yesterday.
Prosecutor Lisa d'Almada Remedios told a jury the three alleged victims, referred to only as X, Y and Z for legal reasons, told a social worker their brother had sexually abused them from the time they were 10 years old. Their brother is one year older.
The brother, now 20, denied seven counts of indecent assault and one of attempted rape against his three sisters between 2005 and 2008, when they were aged between 10 and 13.
The court heard that the triplets told their mother of the incidents but she accused the sisters of lying.
"When the mother learned of their complaints, [she] scolded them for telling lies and doing harm to their elder brother. Thus, X and Z admitted they were lying and the matter was not mentioned again," Remedios said.
The girls eventually reported the alleged crimes to police after they ran away from home when they were 17 years old.
Remedios said the triplets were taken into a children's home in 2001, when they were six, after a domestic violence incident in their household that year.
X and Z were allowed to go back to their parents' home in 2004 and 2005, while Y did not return home until 2008. X and Z claimed that, in October 2005, their brother forced X to perform oral sex on him. He then took X and Z to his room and had sex with X when Z was present, they said. X and Z were 10 at the time.
A similar incident happened in 2006, the court heard. The two sisters said they were asked to watch pornographic films in their brother's room, then the brother had sex with one of them while the other was in the room.
The brother performed five more, similar sexual acts on all three sisters between 2005 and 2008, the court heard.
Y also alleges that her brother attempted to rape her in her room when she was 13 years old in the summer of 2008.
In November 2012, a 17-year-old X, plagued by nightmares of her brother sexually abusing her in her sleep, decided to run away from home, the court was told.
The trial continues today.