A MAN accused of raping and sexually assaulting his young daughter told gardai the girl's mother "put her up to" it, claiming she has a vendetta against him.
The Central Criminal Court heard that the 50-year-old accused told gardai he never abused his daughter and that the allegations were "disgusting" and "sick".
The man is accused of raping the girl between October 1, 2009 and October 22, 2010, in a town in Co Westmeath.
He is also charged with two counts of sexual assault at the same address between the same dates and one count of sexual assault in Co Clare, between October 22 and October 26, 2010.
He is also charged with inviting the child to observe a pornographic film, between October 1, 2009 and October 22, 2010, in Westmeath. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The girl is now 10 and was between eight and nine years of age when the alleged offences took place.
Detective Garda Niall Stack told the trial that he interviewed the defendant on April 5, 2011.
He said the defendant told him that the girl was a "very good-natured, intelligent child".
He also said that she has "told loads of lies all the way through school".
Asked did he climb on top of her naked in his home in Westmeath -- as she has alleged -- he replied to the gardai: "No, that's disgusting."
Asked why the girl would say he had done things to her, he replied, "Because of her mother, she has it out for me. Her mother has put her up to doing this."
He added: "I think she was coerced to do it."
The garda asked him what the girl would get out of making false allegations. He replied, "She would probably get the gratefulness of her mother because she would do anything for her mother."
"She (the girl's mother) has a vendetta against me," he added.
"I never did anything to her. She's my own flesh and blood," he said.
Again asked why she would make allegations against him, he said: "Maybe she's relating it to an incident with someone else." The trial continues.