THE trial of a businessman accused of indecently and sexually assaulting his ex-partner's daughter continued at the High Court in Suva yesterday.
DPP lawyer Madonna Fong said the defence was claiming the case was motivated by the complainant's mother.
The court yesterday heard that after the complainant and her mother moved out of the accused person's home, he continued to pay their rent, groceries, water and electricity bills and the complainant's school fees.
Ms Fong, in cross examining the accused, asked him if he knew where the complainant's mother would spend the money she was getting as allowance.
The accused replied: "I don't know how she spent the money, but most times she told me that she was at coffee shops with friends.
"I was also supporting her family in Raiwaqa and in Lautoka."
The accused told the court his adopted daughter and the complainant had discussed that they would call him "dad".
Ms Fong told the accused the main reason the complainant and her mother were dependent on him was because he had stopped the complainant's mother from finding work.
But he replied that he encouraged her to work.
The trial continues today.