Girl, 9, wrote mum letter after allegedly being molested

A YOUNG girl who was allegedly molested by her mother's roommate told police she wrote her mum a letter and asked her not to be upset at her about it.

The letter was just one of three the nine-year-old wrote after she was allegedly touched inappropriately by the man last July.

He has pleaded not guilty to one count of the indecent treatment of a child under the age of 12.

During proceedings in the Warwick District Court yesterday, the letters were shown to the seven-man, five-woman jury hearing the man's case.

In video evidence presented to the jury, the girl is seen being asked about the letters by Warwick Police Detective Senior Constable Russell Joyce.

"I said, 'To Dear Mum, (the defendant) put his hands down my pants. Please do not get upset at me for not telling you earlier'," she told Det Snr Const Joyce.

The nine-year-old was interviewed by officers last August, after her grandmother and carer made a complaint to police.

She told police the man had hugged her from behind as she was preparing to leave a visitation session with her mother and then proceeded to touch her indecently inside her underwear.

The court heard the girl's mother and grandmother were just 10m away when the alleged incident took place.

The young girl also claims the man told her, "I would never hurt you, I love you".

She told her grandmother and aunt about the alleged indecent a couple of weeks later.

The jury was yesterday shown the man's interview with police shortly after the complaint was made.

The man, who lives in the Warwick area, initially denied touching the girl and then went on to say "not to my knowledge".

When quizzed on this further, the man made reference to the girl's clothing and the fact she doesn't wear a belt.

"If I did, like I said it wasn't intentional, mate," he said.

The man said he had approached the girl's mum and grandmother about the issue and his discomfort at being in the same room as the girl.

"I feel awkward sometimes because she's kinda bonded to me and she'll jump up on me lap and I feel uncomfortable," he said.

"If she's in my room, I don't close my door so they can see what's going on," he said.

The man became agitated and ended the interview, telling police he "can't believe this".

The girl's grandmother and aunt are expected to give evidence when the trial continues today.



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