Jury retires in molestation case

A JURY was yesterday deciding the fate of a 40-year-old Maryborough man accused of molesting his 11-year-old niece and her 12-year-old friend.

He faced 11 charges of indecent dealing with a child, including two of wilful exposure to an indecent act.

The man pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The court heard pre-recorded evidence from both girls during the trial in Maryborough District Court.

His niece said her uncle would touch her while she was in the bath and while she was in his bedroom.

Her friend said the man pulled a towel off her after she got out of a bath.

Witnesses said the girls would sleep in the man's bedroom during sleepovers at his Maryborough home.

It is alleged the offences happened on several different dates in 2008 and 2009.

The jury heard from several witnesses during the three-day trial, including the accused man's brother, his former housemate and the investigating police officer.

Judge Hugh Botting summed up the case yesterday afternoon before the jury retired to deliver its verdict.



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