Man charged with seven sex counts



AN ALLEGED sexual assault victim was 'flogged' and accused of lying when he made a complaint to his mother in the 1960s.

The claims were made by the alleged victim's wife during committal proceedings against a high profile businessman in Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday.

The businessman is charged with seven counts of indecent assault on two males between March 31 and December 1, 1968, when they were aged 16 and 14. The wife of the older victim said her husband received tutoring from the man to assist with theory for an apprenticeship.

She said on one occasion her husband stayed the night at the man's house after completing tutoring, and was half-asleep in a bedroom when the man came into the room and got into the bed with him.

She said her husband got a fright and the man pretended he had gotten into the wrong bed by mistake and left the room.

She said her husband returned for tutoring on anothe occasion and was asleep in the bedroom when the man got into the bed and attempted to pull his pyjama pants down.

The woman said she once asked her husband if he had told his parents, and he said he had told his mother but was 'flogged' and accused of lying.

She said he had refused to return to the man's house and had failed to complete his apprenticeship.

The matter was adjourned and the committal hearing will continue on September 7 at the Rockhampton Magistrates Court.



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