Family of girl, 4, & # 39; who was molested by her 15-year-old cousin & # 39; tried to keep the sick abuse secret after her grandfather came to them
- An NSW woman was reportedly attacked by her cousin when she was only four
- The Newcastle Court heard that she was attacked three times in 1996
- The alleged abuse ended after her grandfather found the couple in a dark room
- The male cousin, who was then 14 or 15, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday
A family and police from the NSW decided to keep secret that a four-year-old girl was sexually abused by her cousin in 1996, a court has heard.
The male cousin was only arrested 21 years later when the alleged victim decided to make a formal complaint to the police.
The cousin, who cannot be named, was tried Tuesday in Newcastle Court after he was found guilty of two counts of sexual intercourse with a person younger than 10 and six counts of indecent abuse of a victim younger than 10.
In his opening address to the jury, prosecutor Mark Hay said the girl was four when she was targeted three times at the end of 1996 – twice at her grandparents' house and another time at a home rented by her mother.
The family of a woman who was sexually assaulted by her male cousin when she was only four years old is said to have concealed the abuse, the Newcastle court heard Tuesday (stock image)
The suspect was then 14 or 15 years old.
Hay said the abuse stopped when the girl's grandfather found her and the cousin together in the dark downstairs room.
The girl was taken to her local doctor and the case was reported to the then ministry of community services and NSW police.
The public prosecutor said that it was decided in consultation with the police not to take the case further.
He said it was decided that the allegations would be dealt with within the family, within the family & # 39 ;.
Hay said that considering the girl was only four at the time she wasn't a & # 39; meaningful participant & # 39; was on the decision.
Only years later did she decide to file a formal complaint with the police and charges were initiated.
The public prosecutor said there were two occasions before the cousin was arrested when he approached the alleged victim and wanted to talk to her about what had happened and had to apologize. He also offered to help her get counseling.
The alleged victim agreed to contact the cousin in May 2017 to try to talk about the abuse during a telephone conversation under the supervision of investigators, but he did not confess.
Hay said the cousin did make implicit recordings during the phone call when he talked about how he & # 39; the birds and the bee conversation & # 39; never got it when he was a teenager and didn't know what an erection was.
The public prosecutor claimed that the telephone conversation was the & # 39; last piece of the puzzle & # 39; was against the cousin in the Crown case because it was clear that they both knew what they were talking about.
The trial, before Judge Tim Gartelmann, will continue on Wednesday.
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