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Barrister cautions jury that 'young people do tell lies'

UPDATE 9.45AM: The jury in the trial of a man charged with indecent treatment of a child under 12 retired just before 9.30am to consider the evidence.

A verdict is expected today.

Earlier: "IT'S all very odd; it's almost Alice in Wonderland-type stuff."

Defence barrister Ross LoMonaco addressed the jury in Gladstone District Court Tuesday afternoon, as the trial of a man charged with three separate counts of indecent treatment of a child under 12 moved towards a verdict.

He warned jurors they needed to consider the evidence of the alleged child victim with extreme caution when deliberating the case.

"Just as, unfortunately, adult persons do commit these offences, young people do tell lies, serious lies," Mr LoMonaco said.

Day two of the trial began with the court hearing from the final two witnesses for the Crown case, including an investigating officer from the Gladstone Police Child Protection Investigation Unit.

The Crown wrapped their case up shortly before 11am, after the defendant declined to give evidence or call witnesses on his behalf, allowing both sides to present their final submissions to the jury.

Crown Prosecutor Clare Hurley told jurors that they should have no trouble finding the young girl's version of events truthful, and therefore finding the accused guilty.

However, Mr LoMonaco reminded the jury the onus was on the Crown to prove the guilt of the accused, or otherwise give the benefit of reasonable doubt to the defendant.

He pointed out discrepancies in the memory of the alleged child victim relating to the exact day the offences were alleged to have taken place.

"She's (alleged victim) clearly capable of changing her evidence to seek to bolster her credibility," Mr LoMonaco said.

Judge Paul Smith will conclude his summations of the case Wednesday morning, before the jurors retire to consider their verdict.

Topics:  gladstone crime, gladstone district court, indecent treatment of a child



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