A Bradford teenager subjected his younger sister to years of sexual abuse from the age of six, a jury was told.

The youth, now aged 17, told his sibling not to be “a wuss” when she started to cry about his behaviour, Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday.

He pleaded not guilty to a total of 14 charges, alleging a range of sexual offences against the girl in the family home.

Prosecutor Gerald Hendron told the jury: “This case involves allegations including rape.”

Mr Hendron alleged the offences happened many times and some of the charges were samples of the behaviour. He said it was alleged the incidents happened from when the girl was aged six until the weekend before it was reported to police last July, when she was 13.

He said the allegations came to light after the girl failed to return home from school and the police were alerted. When officers went to the family address the girl had returned.

She was interviewed and told officers she had been abused by her brother from the age of six. She said she had told him it was wrong, but he carried on doing it.

Mr Hendron said sex acts took place in the living room, the girl’s bedroom and her brother’s bedroom. On one occasion the accused showed her a pornographic film and said he wanted to do the same things with her.

The girl told police she felt scared because she did not want her brother to be kicked out, and she was frightened she might be taken into care, but what he had been doing was wrong.

The youth was arrested, but denied having sexual contact with his sister. He admitted having three DVD porn films, but denied showing them or any other films to his sister.

Mr Hendron added: “The issue of consent does not arise. The defendant denies that this behaviour took place.”

The trial continues.