A child abuse victim driven to the brink of suicide after being raped by her stepfather at the age of nine yesterday won her fight for justice. A High Court jury found the stepfather, 38, guilty of raping her twice in 1989 and ordered him held in custody pending sentence. His stepdaughter, now 17, kept her ordeal secret for years, fearing she would bring about the break-up of her family if she revealed what had happened. Prosecutor Michael Arthur said the girl had been plagued by nightmares about the rapes and contemplated suicide. She had desperately tried to forget the 'horrifying, painful and disgusting experiences', said Mr Arthur. At first she was too young to understood what her stepfather had done to her. Only later, at school, did she realise that what had happened was wrong. Even then she did not tell anyone because she feared the revelations would destroy her family. 'I did not have the guts to tell anyone,' she told the court by video link. But she had eventually confided in schoolmates before telling her mother, who alerted the police. The girl was also cross-examined by video link on her testimony. During the trial, the mother admitted she had called in the authorities only because she suspected her husband was having an affair and 'wanted to teach him a lesson'. She did not go to the police until five months after her daughter told her of the rapes. The stepfather, a noodle stall cook, claimed he had been the victim of an elaborate frame-up. But the jury rejected his story. He was found guilty of raping his stepdaughter in July and August 1989 while her mother was out at work. The family was living in a Kowloon rooftop shack at the time. Mr Justice Patrick Chan Siu-hoi called for reports on the stepfather's background and will sentence him later this month.