Indecent treatment of child guilty verdict overturned

A MAN who was convicted in Gladstone District Court of indecent treatment of a child has had the guilty verdict overturned.

The man was found guilty of having molested his daughter in 2009 when she was just three.

But he successfully appealed the verdict in court in Brisbane because it was not adequately supported by the evidence,  despite interviews in 2012 in which the girl described "sleepovers at daddy's" when he touched "her bits".

The girl was six when interviewed.

"It's what boys and girls do…," she told police. "Um, they put their bits into boys' bits."

She said her father had asked her whether she liked it or not and that she said she did not.

In cross-examination in 2013 she told the court her dad hurt her "from doing naughty stuff" and said he had touched her sister too.

But this was not supported by the evidence given by her sister, who said she had not been touched.

Medical evidence was given in court indicating a lack of injury to the girl's genitalia when she was examined in 2012.



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