Doc­tor un­able to prove nine-year-old was raped

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - LEA EMERY

THE find­ings of the doc­tor who ex­am­ined a girl af­ter she ac­cused her mother of bring­ing men into her bed­room to rape her were in­con­clu­sive, a court heard yes­ter­day.

Pae­di­a­tri­cian Er­ica Baer yes­ter­day told the South­port District Court she was un­able to say con­clu­sively if the girl had been raped.

The girl’s mother, who can­not legally be named, is on trial for mul­ti­ple charges in­clud­ing rape, de­pri­va­tion of lib­erty, main­tain­ing a re­la­tion­ship with a child and in­de­cent treat­ment of a child.

The al­le­ga­tions in­clude that the mother dressed the girl up in “bunny ears” and a “frilly dress” and al­low­ing a man to rape her.

The court heard men came into the girl’s bed­room on at least three oc­ca­sions and in all of the in­ci­dents the mother led the men in­side.

On one oc­ca­sion the mother al­legedly held the girl’s hands as a man raped her.

The girl also heard the mother talk­ing to men about money.

The girl was nine when she was al­legedly raped some time be­tween May 2014 and May 2015.

Dr Bare said she saw the girl in Septem­ber 2016 when the girl was 11.

She said there was ev­i­dence of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties found in the ex­am­i­na­tion but there was no med­i­cal con­sen­sus on what those meant.

Headspace psy­chol­o­gist Robyn Flem­ing said she spoke to the girl in July 2016 af­ter she was suf­fer­ing night­mares.

She said she asked the girl what was scar­ing her at night.

When the girl did not want to say Ms Flem­ing asked her to write it down.

“When I was in bed mum came in with her friends and touched me in­ap­pro­pri­ately,” the girl wrote in or­ange pen.

It was the first time the girl had made the al­le­ga­tions.

Ms Flem­ing said she re­ported what the note said to po­lice, child ser­vices and the girl’s fa­ther.

The trial con­tin­ues to­day.

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