Father cleared of physically, sexually abusing daughter

Father cleared of physically, sexually abusing daughter

A man accused of physical and sexually abusing his daughter has been found not guilty.

The man, who cannot be named for fear of identifying the alleged victim, was on trial in the ACT Supreme Court charged with six counts of unlawful carnal knowledge, indecent assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The charges related to a series of incidents in 1976 and 1983 in the ACT.

The accused man’s now 41-year-old daughter went to police with the allegations in 2007.

The defence argued the sexual abuse never happened, while the assaults had been cases of lawful chastisement.

The trial, heard before Justice Richard Refshauge, took more than two weeks.

The accused spent about three days in the witness box denying the allegations.

But the jury took only six-hours to acquit the 69-year-old.

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