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Father of alleged rape victim accused of intimidation in cross-examination

The father said he told the business he was a journalist as a “courtesy” and he couldn’t recall whether he told them that Mr Buczak’s sponsorship should be terminated.

The father had previously told the court he had also spoken with equestrian officials because his daughter had been told to stay away from an event so it wouldn’t distract Mr Buczak.

Callum Buczak has pleaded not guilty to rape.

Callum Buczak has pleaded not guilty to rape.Credit:Instagram

Mr Sheales put to the father that after he had taken issue with the official interfering with his daughter’s rights, he told them he was a journalist and he was going to “publicise this widely”.

Her father said he possibly told the official that he was a journalist. He said he was acting both as a concerned father, who had a “journalistic interest” in the issue as well.

The father was also questioned on contact he had with news website The Daily Mail, when he was trying to get a report on the charges taken down. He told the court he was worried about the effect of the article, which was subseqently removed from the website, on his daughter’s mental health.

Mr Sheales put to her father that her behaviour was a “standard technique” that “she uses to get her way” and if he was truly concerned, he would have arranged immediate professional help for his daughter.

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“I was a concerned father. I was very concerned at her state of mind as a result of the article,” her father said.

As a caring father, Mr Sheales said, “You do nothing”.

“Wrong,” her father replied.

Magistrate Bernard FitzGerald commented the cross-examination was traversing “very difficult areas” and urged the lawyers to “reflect” on the importance of their professional roles and the welfare of witnesses in the case.

The hearing continues.

Support is available from the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service at 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).

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