Best friend tells rape trial of tears at molestation claims

THE trial of a man accused of maintaining a relationship with a child, indecently dealing with a child and rape continued in the Bundaberg District Court.

The 51-year-old man, who can not be named to protect the complainant, is accused of molesting his step-daughter between 1991 and 2000.

Yesterday the complainant's best friend during high school gave evidence.

Crown prosecutor Maita Aylward asked the witness if she remembered a conversation between herself and the complainant in relation to the defendant.

The witness replied that she did and it took place about the end of 2002 or the start of 2003, when both girls were about 17.

"She (the complainant) said that (the defendant) had molested her," the witness said. "I remember we were both upset - there were no details.

"It always sticks in my mind; you can't forget something like that,"

The witness told the court it wasn't something they talked about again until recently when the complainant advised her she had made a complaint to police.

During cross examination of the witness, defence barrister Paul Rutledge asked her about a statement she had given describing the complainant.

He read out the statement which stated "I would describe (the complainant) as full of life ... a happy person, she found excitement in every thing - bubbly and happy."

The witness agreed it was the statement she had given describing her friend.

When Ms Aylward asked the witness if the complainant was "bubbly and happy' on that day, the witness replied "no".

"No we were both in tears, we were both crying," she said.

The trial continues today before Judge Brendan Butler.


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