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Man faces trial on charge of indecently dealing with a child

A MOTHER broke down in Gladstone District Court on Monday as she recounted the moment her daughter told her of an alleged incident which resulted in a man standing trial on three counts of indecent treatment of a child aged under 12.

A jury must decide whether the man is guilty of three counts of indecent treatment, on an Easter weekend in 2012, at a residence in Raglan.

The trial began on the first day of District Court proceedings for the year in Gladstone.

The court heard how the victim was alleged to have been indecently treated by the defendant, while the victim's father slept in the same house.

The victim, aged under 10 at the time of the incident, gave evidence via pre-recorded video in Gladstone District Court on Monday, after Crown Prosecutor Clare Hurley opened the case against the accused.

Details of the alleged offending were laid out in the Crown's opening statements.

Ms Hurley said the victim had gone into the accused's bedroom, asking him if he wanted to have a "body-part party", which the defendant was alleged to have participated in with the young girl.

The Crown said the man and his young victim had touched each other all over, including their genitals, before the defendant masturbated in front of the girl.

Details of the alleged incident only became known to police after the victim revealed a "secret" to her grandmother in the days following.

After this, the victim then revealed the alleged incident to her mother, which resulted in the offences being reported to police.

While the defendant appeared expressionless in the dock throughout the day's proceedings, the mother of the victim struggled when it came time for her to give evidence.

"He touched her wizzer, and he told her to massage his wizzer," the mother said before leaving in tears after completing her evidence.

The trial is expected to last three days, with the Crown witnesses to complete their evidence on Tuesday before the defence begin their submissions.

Topics:  child abuse, crime, gladstone district court



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