Uncle refused bail on rape, drugs charges
A 36-year-old man has been refused bail on a charge of raping his 15-year-old niece and supplying dangerous drugs to a minor.
Police allege the girl was staying with her uncle at a property between the Sunshine Coast and Gympie when she was raped and sexually assaulted earlier this year.
Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard the girl had provided a statement to police before her uncle appeared by video on Monday to face two counts of the domestic violence charge of rape, two counts of supplying a dangerous drug to a minor under the age of 16 and one count of indecent treatment of a child under 16 under care.
Police prosecutor Rebecca Lambert said there was a strong case against the man.
"He was looking after her at the time," Senior Constable Lambert said.
"The defendant, if found guilty, would face a significant period in custody.
"At this time, there is no risk he would spend too much time in custody."
She said the man could only be granted bail if he proved his detention wasn't warranted.
Duty lawyer Michael Robinson said a medical letter would show the man had a terminal illness which he required regular treatment for.
He said "things would end very quickly" if the man wasn't treated at hospital.
But Sen-Constable Lambert said the man could be treated while in jail.
Mr Robinson said his client "strenuously denied" the rape allegations.
"At the moment the case would be based upon the victim's statement and I think there will be a couple of complaint statements that will be forthcoming," Mr Robinson said.
Sen-Constable Lambert said one of the witnesses was a Centrelink social worker.
"There is no reason that witness would make any disclosures to police that weren't correct from what he recalls of the event," she said.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said the man's denial of the charges meant he believed the girl had made everything up.
"That this 15-year-old girl has the capacity to tell police in some detail of everything that she alleged that you did to her while she was in your custody," he said.
Mr Stjernqvist said police had a strong case and he refused bail.
"You haven't shown cause in my view why your continued custody is not justified he said.
"You're an unacceptable risk of interfering with witnesses and therefore reoffending."
The man is required to appear by video in Gympie Magistrates Court on December 14 for a committal mention.