Child's evidence given in court claims grandad 'touched her'

A MAN accused of molesting his eight-year-old granddaughter during a holiday visit, entered a not guilty plea in the Warwick District Court yesterday.

The man, who resides in the Southern Downs, is accused of indecently touching the girl's genitals while she and her sister were staying with him during the school holidays before she started Year 4.

He cannot be named to protect the girl's identity.

When interviewed by police, the girl admitted she wasn't sure when the alleged incidents occurred, but she believed it was sometime between December 2009 and February 2011.

She told police her "pop" had touched her once while she was in his bed and her grandmother was making breakfast.

The man - who was supported in the courtroom by his wife - is further accused of touching the girl a second time while she was alone with him in his car.

The court heard the allegations came to light when the girl's mother quizzed her as to whether anybody had ever touched her inappropriately.

When the girl attended a subsequent interview, 15 months after making the initial complaint to police, she had trouble remembering what she alleged happened to her.

The seven-man, five-woman jury yesterday heard evidence from the young girl, which was pre-recorded earlier this year.

In the recordings, the girl is visibly distraught at times during the interview and particularly when questioned over whether she is telling the truth.

The girl maintains throughout the interview that she is in fact telling the truth, despite at times being unclear as to whether she understands what the truth is.

The remainder of the evidence is expected to be presented to the jury today, which includes testimony from the girl's mother.



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