FILE SHOT: Bundaberg court house Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail
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Man, 67, accused of incest, rape and sexual assault

A 67-YEAR-OLD Woodgate man has been committed to stand trial on more than 20 charges including incest, rape and indecent treatment of children under 16 in relation to the alleged sexual assault of his daughter, adopted daughter and grandson.

The man, who can not be named to protect the alleged victims, appeared in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Tuesday where an application for bail was refused by Magistrate Aaron Simpson.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told the court police officers started investigating the defendant in November 2013 after responding to an alleged domestic violence assault against the man's wife.

Sgt Stevens said when police spoke with the man's wife - a Thai national - she told them her herself and the defendant adopted a three-year-old girl from the slums of Thailand in 2001.

He said she told police within a week of returning to Australia the defendant allegedly began raping the child.

Sgt Stevens said police spoke with the adopted daughter, who was then a teenager, and she told them she had been having sex with the defendant for as long as she could remember, with some instances occurring in Thailand.

Sgt Stevens said the investigation lead police to speak with the man's biological adult daughter, who also alleged her father sexually, assaulted her in the 1970s, from the time she was a girl to a young adult.

The court heard police also located another alleged victim, the man's grandson.

"He was five years old when he was sexually assaulted by the defendant," Sgt Stevens said.

In opposing bail Sgt Stevens said the defendant had used young children for his sexual gratification for nearly 40 years.

"This defendant believes young people are sexual toys for his pleasure," he said.

Sgt Steven described the case against the man as "strong" and submitted statements from 10 witnesses and 15 exhibits.

But Legal Aid lawyer Rhianna Batt agued her client had no criminal history and said he would adhere to strict conditions if granted bail.

She said the man would live in Brisbane and the bail conditions could include no contact with the alleged victims or witnesses, no contact with any children under 16 and reporting to police five days a week.

But Mr Simpson said the defendant had no support from family and friends and no ties to the community. He said he was not satisfied any bail conditions could address the risks.

A trial date has not yet been set.


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