Cat­tle prod abuse claims

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

A QUEENS­LAND goat farmer zapped his young step­daugh­ter with a cat­tle prod and forced her to hold on to an elec­tric fence as he beat her with a plas­tic pipe, a court has heard.

The man, 57, who can­not be named, is fac­ing hear­ings to de­ter­mine if he will stand trial for mul­ti­ple as­sault, tor­ture and rape charges against nine peo­ple span­ning a decade.

Bris­bane Mag­is­trates Court was told he al­legedly started “whack­ing” his step­daugh­ter on the bot­tom with a poly pipe when she was in Year 3 or 4.

The step­daugh­ter, now an adult, wept as she told the court of years of al­leged abuse.

She said she was once pulled out of bed and zapped with a cat­tle prod after she for­got to put a chicken in its coop.

The hear­ings con­tinue.

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