Sex trial of Warwick man draws to a close

THE jury in a trial in which a now 18-year-old woman has accused a fellow horse enthusiast of touching her inappropriately over a number of years is expected to retire to consider a verdict today.

In pre-recorded evidence played to the District Court in Toowoomba yesterday, the teenager said the man had a property outside Warwick which shared a common fence line with her family's property at the time.

The court heard the girl had started riding the man's horses with him on roads and paddocks around their respective properties.

She told the court it was during those rides that the man would lean over and touch her inappropriately including putting his hand down her shirt and touching the outside of her jeans.

She said she would move her horse away or kick the other horse to move it away from hers.

The accused man had a prime mover and attached gooseneck living area and horse transport which he would drive to campdrafts and she claimed she had been touched inappropriately inside the vehicle's accommodation unit.

It was during an argument with her parents in October 2012 that she had blurted out about the man touching her and she and her parents had then discussed it.

However, it was not until January 2014 that she had made a complaint to police.

"Mum wanted me to go to police but I wasn't ready to," she said.

The man, who cannot be named, has pleaded not guilty to maintaining a sexual relationship with a child under 16 and indecent treatment of a child under 16.

The jury is expected to retire after Judge David Searles' summing up.



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