Girl, 5, 'raped by teenage cousin'

THE trial of a man accused of raping his young cousin several times over a period of years has begun in Bundaberg District Court.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his alleged victim, is accused of raping the girl in 2001 when she was aged five and he was 14, and again in 2006 when she was 10 and he was 19.

Prosecutor Sarah Dennis yesterday told the five-man, seven-woman jury they would hear evidence from a range of witnesses including family members of the alleged victim and investigating police officers.

Ms Dennis said the girl, who was now aged 16, would give pre-recorded evidence that the attacks began when she was five years old and the accused showed her a pornographic film before asking if she would like to "play games" like the people on the video.

Ms Dennis said the teen tied up his cousin and sexually assaulted her.

"Conduct like that happened on a regular basis between the ages of five and seven, then nothing happened when she was eight and nine.

"Then one day when she was 10 years old (it happened again)," the prosecutor said.

The 25-year-old accused man has pleaded not guilty to four counts of rape and one of indecent dealing.

The trial, which is expected to run for three days, continues before Judge Brad Farr SC.