Man to face court on child charge
A FRASER Coast man who allegedly asked a six-year-old girl to touch his genitals in exchange for a game of hide-and-seek will face trial in the Maryborough District Court.
The man pleaded not guilty to one count of procuring a child to commit an indecent act and one count of attempting to procure a child to commit an indecent act.
Police allege the offences happened at the man's home in May.
Five witnesses gave evidence in Maryborough Magistrates Court this week, including the man's ex-partner, his adult daughter and the alleged victim's mother.
The court heard the child had told the man's ex-partner that they had a “secret”.
“I was really angry and said what secret?' the woman said.
“Firstly I was convinced he was innocent.”
The girl's mother told the court the child confided in her after they got home from the man's house.
“We got home and she said: ‘Something happened and (he) told me not to say anything'.”
“I tried to stay calm – the emotion kicks in.”
The man was granted bail in June on the condition he provide $5000 surety but he has remained in custody after not being able to produce it.
Defence solicitor Trinity McGarvie applied for bail again this week following the man's committal to the Maryborough District Court.
Magistrate John Smith granted bail on the condition the man not have any contact with children and that he provide the $5000 surety.
He taken back into custody until he was able to produce the surety.