Attack alleged in ambulance

By DARRYN NUFER

A ROCKHAMPTON ambulance officer indecently touched a teenage patient while she was having an epileptic fit, it was alleged in court yesterday.

Gavin James Lewington, whose age was not tendered in open court, is on trial in the District Court in Rockhampton, after pleading not guilty to two counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16.

On day one of the trial yesterday, Crown prosecutor Justin Whalley alleged the incidents happened while the then 15-yearold girl was being taken to Rockhampton Hospital in an ambulance on January 21 last year.

Lewington was alone with her in the back of the vehicle. His sole colleague was driving and the girl's mother was in the passenger's seat.

It is alleged Lewington lifted up the girl's top and touched her breasts.

It is further alleged he put his hand down her pants and rubbed her genitals.

Mr Whalley said the girl was expected to give evidence that, during the journey to hospital, she could not say anything, respond, or move. She could, however, hear and feel.

The first witness to give evidence yesterday was Dr Geoffrey Wallace, a paediatric neurologist of more than 14 years.

The girl had been his patient since October 2002.

He described how in that time her seizures had taken three forms ? the more recent "pseudo seizures''.

Mr Whalley asked Dr Wallace if it would be possible for her to hear and feel during pseudo seizures.

Dr Wallace said: "Yes. She certainly could have had some degree of awareness.''

Dr Wallace added that was conditional on no anti-convulsionaries being used on her.

The trial continues.



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