A man is facing trial at the High Court after allegedly having sex with a 12 year-old girl.
According to court records, the accused was asked to pray with and counsel the victim, who said she was sexually abused before by another man.
The accused, a family friend, allegedly had sex with the girl at her foster mother’s home between October 2009 and January 31, 2010.
According to the complainant’s evidence yesterday, the defendant came home one evening in October 2009 while she was washing dishes. Her mother and sister were in another room in the house when he allegedly unzipped his pants and had sex with her.
“I tell him stop and push him away,” she told the court.
She did not tell her mother of the incident until months later and a report was made to police. The girl was examined by a doctor on February 5, 2010.
The complainant told the court that she had been afraid to tell her mother as the accused had told her that he had powers that would let her mother not see what was happening and that her family would never believe her.
The girl also said that she had refused to say anything as she was abused before and no one believed when she had said so in the past.
The complainant said that during prayer, the accused would touch her breast and rub his foot between her legs.
The doctor’s evidence indicated that the young girl had been sexually active since her hymen was ruptured. He also stated that there were no vaginal bruises or injury at the time of examination.
The mother described the accused as someone she considered to be her son and they would constantly share her home and food.
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