Man charged with indecent treatment

THE trial of a local man charged with indecent treatment began in the Gladstone District Court yesterday.

The accused is facing three charges of indecent treatment of a child under 16 years and one count of carnal knowledge of a child under 16 years.

The alleged offences occurred on October 23 and 24, 2006.

He entered a not guilty plea on all four charges and is being represented by Barrister Russell Byrnes and solicitor Michael Cafe of Michael Cafe and Associates.

A jury of six men and six women was sworn in yesterday.

Judge Britton will be the trial judge.

The trial was adjourned until 10am today.

Also appearing in the District Court yesterday was Tony Ralph Franicevic.

Franicevic reappeared yesterday for formal reasons to be given for the granting of his bail last Friday.

Franicevic was charged with one count of armed robbery on August 4, 2008 and has already spent nearly 18 months in custody awaiting trial.

The Crown Prosecution needs more time to investigate new evidence and a trial date will not be available until the September District Court sittings.

The formal reason for his bail application was that he had already completed 18 months in pre-sentence custody, which would match or be longer than any sentence handed down in a trial.

Franicevic was released on bail last Friday on a $5000 surety.

The trial of Kylie Barbara De-Arne was also set down for mention yesterday.

However, the defendant failed to appear.

A warrant that was issued last Friday but held on file for her arrest was withdrawn today, with a trial date set down for the next District Court sitting in late June.



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