Girls tell court that victim told ‘lie’
TWO children have given evidence in a case before Maryborough District Court, testifying that a girl who claims her uncle sexually molested her told them she was going to tell "a big lie" before she told authorities about the alleged abuse.
The court heard testimony via video recording of two girls who shared a bedroom with the alleged victim.
Both the girls said the alleged victim, who was 13 at the time of the alleged abuse, had told them she was going to tell a "big lie" about the uncle touching her in a "rude" way.
The uncle has been charged with two counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16.
He pleaded not guilty and the case has been heard before a jury.
Closing statements were made yesterday, with Crown Prosecutor Sandra Cupina telling the court that the uncle had made admissions about the abuse during a police-monitored phone call made by the alleged victim.
However defence barrister Simone Bain said the phone call made to her client, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been vague and had not specified what was actually being alleged.
Ms Bain said the girl had been desperate to get out of a "dysfunctional" home and that was why she had made accusations against her uncle.
The jury was expected to begin deliberations yesterday.