War­wick man faces child rape charges

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS -

TWENTY-FIVE child abuse charges have been laid against a War­wick man fac­ing a hear­ing in War­wick District Court.

The 37-year-old has pleaded not guilty to all charges, which in­clude 11 counts of rape, as well as in­de­cent treat­ment of a child under 12.

Crown Pros­e­cu­tor Michael Gawrych said the of­fences were com­mit­ted against four al­leged vic­tims, three young girls and one boy, who were aged be­tween six and 13 at the time of the al­leged abuse.

Mr Gawrych said the man was in an on-again, off-again re­la­tion­ship with the mother of one of the young girls.

The court heard that on one oc­ca­sion the man she saw as a fa­ther-fig­ure and called “Dad” drove both her and her cousin to a park.

Mr Gawrych said that af­ter pulling the car over, the man is al­leged to have abused both girls and threat­ened to leave them in the park if they didn’t com­ply. “You’ll hear that he touched her lots and that’s over and above the spe­cific acts and oc­ca­sions she can re­call,” he said.

A jury of three men and nine women have been em­pan­elled to de­liver a ver­dict. They were told of al­le­ga­tions the man also of­fered money and threat­ened to hurt fam­ily mem­bers to keep the abuse a se­cret.

The Crown alleges the abuse oc­curred be­tween 2003 and 2013 in War­wick and sur­round­ing ar­eas in cars, a car­a­van and bed­rooms.

Mr Gawrych said the Crown alleges that on some oc­ca­sions, the chil­dren wit­nessed each other be­ing abused.

Po­lice of­fi­cers and par­ents of the al­leged vic­tims will give ev­i­dence dur­ing the pro­ceed­ings.

The de­fence team did not give an open­ing state­ment.

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