Father tells stepdaughter her "fluids" could heal his "cancer"
A father, who allegedly told his teenage stepdaughter that "womanly fluids" were the cure for his cancer, appeared before the Supreme Court on Friday charged with indecent assault of a dependent family member.
The names of the defendant and the victim have been suppressed by Chief Justice, His Honour Satiu Simativa Perese, when the trial began Friday. The defendant, who maintains his innocence, allegedly made the comment before he sexually assaulted the girl, when he came out of Tafaigata Prison in April 2018.
The defendant was 35 when the alleged incident occurred at their home in Vailoa, Faleata.
Representing himself, the defendant cross-examined the alleged victim, his step-daughter, when she took the witness stand.
The victim, 19, gave evidence that her stepfather, when he was let out of prison, took her into a bedroom and told her he had been diagnosed with cancer. That was after he chased her little sisters out of the room and told the victim to lock the bedroom door.
When his step-daughter asked what would cure his cancer, he told the girl that life-giving womanly fluids was the cure.
The victim further told the Court that her step-father told her to lie down on the bed and he would do the rest and receive the cure from her body.
The victim said she was scared. She cried and told her step-father that he is supposed to ask her mother for such a cure.
But the defendant replied that only the “fluid” from the victim was the “single” cure for him.
Growing up, she truly loved him and he was the only father she knew, the Court was told.
“I thought he was my real dad…he took care of me…I was raised by his hands…he took me to school…all my life, I loved him with all my heart,” the alleged victim said.
“But it does not matter how much I loved him, what he did to me was wrong.”
Other people told her that the defendant is not her biological father.
“If he was my real father, he wouldn’t have come and asked me for a cure for his cancer,” the victim told the Court.
"But he told me to lie down so he could cure his illness,” the young woman said.
During cross-examination, the defendant cried as he questioned his stepdaughter.
The defendant requested a lawyer but the Chief Justice told him he already had his chance to engage counsel and denied the request.