Jury set to deliver verdict in sex trial
A WOMAN who took a man who had nowhere else to go into her home yesterday gave evidence against him as he faced a charge of sexually abusing her daughter.
The woman fought back tears as she recounted the day her daughter told a family friend she had been "touched" by the 28-year-old man.
The then-eight-year-old girl told police she awoke one night earlier this year to a man who was "doing things to me he shouldn't be doing".
When questioned further, she elaborated to say the man had touched her "rudey and boobs" inside her clothing and underwear.
She told police the man who had committed the offence was the man her mother had taken into their home about three months earlier.
He cannot be identified to protect the identity of the alleged victim.
At the time the girl came forward with her story, the man had been out of the house for about a week.
The girl initially said she recognised the man, as he had bigger hands than her mother but then went on to say she spotted two of his tattoos.
A family friend of the girl's took the stand in the Warwick District Court yesterday and said the youngster confided in her that she woke to the man touching her after falling asleep while watching a movie in her brother's room.
It has since been established there wasn't a TV in that room and when questioned about that, the girl denied saying she was watching a movie.
Pre-recorded evidence given by the now nine-year-old was played in the court yesterday, with defence barrister Robbie Davies putting to the girl that she was in fact telling "a fib" about recognising his client.
The girl was adamant she saw the man's tattoos before falling beck to sleep that night.
Mr Davies also asked the girl if she could have dreamt the whole incident, to which she said no.
She was unable to offer any information as to exactly when the alleged attack took place and it has been dated between January and March this year.
The man has pleaded not guilty to one charge of indecent treatment of a child under 12 years of age.
A seven-man, five-woman jury was yesterday empanelled and heard all of the evidence surrounding the case.
They are expected to deliver their verdict at some stage today.