Man, 40, in child sex trial

A 40-YEAR-OLD Maryborough man accused of sexually assaulting his young niece and her friend is on trial.

The offences were alleged to have happened at the man's homes at Milton Street and Fort Street during 2008 and 2009.

He faces four charges of indecently dealing with his 11-year-old niece and seven charges of indecently dealing with his niece's 12-year-old friend.

The man has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Several witnesses gave evidence in the Maryborough District Court this week, including the man's brother, his housemate, the investigating police officer and the alleged victims.

The niece's evidence was pre-recorded in May and played to the jury on DVD.

A recording of the girl's police interview was also played in court.

She told police her uncle had touched her inappropriately when she slept over at his house.

He allegedly committed the offences while the girl was in bed and while she was bathing.

The man was also accused of exposing the two girls to an indecent act by performing a sexual act on his niece's toy doll.

The court heard the niece regularly slept over at her uncle's house and her friend joined her about four times.

Both girls had slept in the man's bed during their sleepovers, while the uncle slept on a mattress on the floor.

But the niece said on one occasion the girls moved to another bedroom.

“He made me feel unsafe with him there,” she told police.

The trial, before Judge Hugh Botting, continues.



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