Ruling on a father's sex charge next week

The Waigani Committal Court is expected to make its ruling next week on a case against a father of five who is facing sex charges.

The 46-year-old father has been in court since August last year after he was arrested and charged for the persistent sexual assault of his biological daughter.

That ruling on his case is expected next Thursday.

He was charged with the persistent child sexual abuse, or a charge of sexual penetration, that falls under section 229 of the Criminal Code and Sexual Offenses and Crimes Against Children’s Act.

The accused is alleged to have continuously raped or sexually assaulted his daughter where they lived between January 31, 2014, and June 18, 2015.

The victim is the accused’s third biological daughter and the only female in a family of five children.

It is alleged he started sexually assaulting her at the age of 14 on the pretext of trying to discipline her at their family home and behind a school.

The victim alleged that the sexual abuse happened mostly at night, when her brothers and grandmother were asleep.

Sally Pokiton