Girl molested, court hears

A 12-YEAR-OLD girl will always remember her friend’s birthday party as the day she was molested, a court heard yesterday.

A 36-year-old man is on trial for indecently touching the girl a number of times during the birthday party at a Rockhampton home in 2007.

Yesterday he pleaded not guilty in the Rockhampton District Court to six counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16 years.

Crown prosecutor Isaac Munsie yesterday outlined the facts of the prosecution case to a jury of 12.

“Do you all remember your 13th birthday party?” Mr Munsie asked.

“I do. I remember getting an ice cream cake and I got to play cricket.”

“Unfortunately (the girl with the birthday) will remember her 13th birthday as the day the man in the dock molested her friend.”

It’s alleged the man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, “sexually interfered” with the girl in front of the girl with the birthday twice during the day in question.

At the time, the man was engaged to the mother of the girl celebrating her birthday and was due to become her stepfather.

Mr Munsie told the court the man took both girls into a room under the house and locked the door during the party.

Some of the allegations involved touching the complainant on her breasts and asking for oral sex.

Mr Munsie said the alleged indecent behaviour again occurred later on that night.

On this occasion the man is accused of indecently touching the girl’s genitals.

During the trial, which is set to continue for most of the week, the court will hear from eight witnesses, including the alleged victim and her friend via pre-recorded video evidence. The trial continues today.



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