Gene samples may be key in Roy 'Dootch' Kennedy case

Roy 'Dootch' Kennedy leaves court in April this year.

Roy 'Dootch' Kennedy leaves court in April this year.

DNA tests carried out on a woman who alleges prominent Illawarra Aboriginal activist Roy "Dootch" Kennedy sexually abused her as a child could determine whether he fathered two of her children, a court has heard.

Prosecutors told Port Kembla Local Court on Tuesday that DNA samples collected from the woman had been sent for testing to determine the parentage of the children.

Kennedy was absent from the courthouse when his case was briefly mentioned, having been excused from turning up if legally represented.

The Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy founder is facing nine child sex offences relating to incidents that allegedly occurred between 1991 and 1999. He is yet to enter a plea.

Jillian Walshe, representing the Director of Public Prosecutions, flagged the possibility of more charges being laid against Kennedy when the case was next before the court, depending on the results of the DNA tests.

She said the case had been handed to a senior lawyer to review.

Police charge sheets allege Kennedy had sexual intercourse with the girl, then aged between 10 and 16, on six occasions between 1992 and 1996.

The matter will return to court on August 20. Kennedy has again been excused from attending.

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