“In the case where the allegations are made against my client… that she and her parents should be prepared to support the application speaks volumes,” Mr Hughes told the court in a successful bail application.

The mother was only in support of her partner being bailed because it “affects her livelihood in terms of car payments,” police prosecutor Liam Edwards countered.

The court heard that the stepfather threatened self-harm after his partner confronted him with allegations that he sexually abused her daughter earlier this month.

The mother then let him speak to her daughter, the court heard.

An affidavit tendered by the mother to the court said the defendant is a “good father” and he and the alleged victim share “an incredible bond”.

The child was examined by the Sydney Children’s Hospital’s Child Abuse Unit five days after the alleged incident.

According to its report, “[the child] did not specify… where she had been touched. She also disclosed that the bed had had sex with her and the doctor said it was in fact unclear whether [the child] was unclear on what the word sex means,” Mr Hughes said.

Sergeant Edwards said that the lack of physical evidence was meaningless, given that the child was examined five days after the alleged incident.

The doctor who examined the child said “injuries to a child at this age can somewhat fix themselves, or may not show,” he said.

The defendant was granted bail on the condition he submit a $20,000 surety and makes no contact with the child.

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