Stepdad ‘spied on girl’

Gladstone Courthouse, Yarroon Street.
Gladstone Courthouse, Yarroon Street. Brenda Strong

A MAN who stands accused of indecently treating his stepdaughter yesterday appeared in the Gladstone District Court on the first day of his trial.

The defendant, who cannot be identified, has entered a plea of not guilty on all three charges.

It is alleged that the man, over a three-year period, committed two offences of indecent treatment of a child under 16, and under 12, under care, and an additional count of indecent treatment of a child under 16, under care.

The details of the offences claim the defendant placed his hands on his stepdaughter's breasts, underneath her shorts and on her upper thigh region.

It is claimed by the victim that in order to gain permission from her stepfather to play with her school friends, the victim was told to first remove her shirt in view of her stepfather.

While involved in a relationship with the victim's mother, the defendant and family lived at properties in Kin Kora and Yarwun where the alleged offences occurred.

It is also alleged the man was spotted spying on his stepdaughter while she was in the shower, and on another occasion while she was getting dressed in her bedroom.

The court yesterday heard four hours of pre-recorded evidence from the victim and her school friend, whom she first confided in.

The alleged victim, who is now 15 and no longer lives in Gladstone, will be supported in evidence given by her mother and aunt over the coming days.

A jury of six men and six women has been empanelled.

Topics:  gladstone district court

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