Man in rape case 'was framed by younger brother'

THE man on trial for allegedly raping his teenage half-sister was framed by another family member, the defence claimed on Wednesday.

Lawyer S. K. Kumar said the 39-year-old had fallen victim to a plot hatched by his younger brother - who sent the intellectually disabled girl to the flat where the 2010 attack is said to have taken place.

He claimed the younger sibling had kept all of the proceeds from the sale of their late father's property.

Fearing that the eldest would start pestering him for his inheritance, the younger brother then allegedly came up with a plan to get him put in prison.

On Wednesday, however, the 38-year-old sibling denied the allegations when he took the witness stand on the third day of the trial.

"The flat was left by my father to me," he retorted. "What does it have to do with my brother? What does it have to do with this case?"

The two men have the same mother as the alleged victim but a different father.

In 2006, the girl moved in with the younger brother in his family's four-room flat.

He testified that his wife got her a job at the fast food restaurant where she worked as a manager.

But in March that year, the teenager said she wanted to quit.

He said he decided to send her to the flat of his older brother, who was stricter and would be able to control her.

It was only when they arrived that he realised his sibling lived in a one-room unit.

Two days later, he got a call from his older brother saying the girl had run away with his mobile phone and money.

His wife then called him, saying neighbours had told her the teenager had been raped.

He called his older brother, who denied carrying out the attack.

A day later, he was told by an uncle that the girl was in hospital.

When he visited her there, she was walking in a strange manner and told him that the older brother had sexually abused her.

The trial continues.