Granddad accused of abusing granddaughter, 10

A GRANDFATHER accused of indecently touching his granddaughter on two separate occasions has faced court.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the alleged victim, denies the four charges against him - four counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16.

On the first day of his trial in the Bundaberg District Court, the court heard the man's granddaughter was about 10 when he allegedly touched her.

The first incident is alleged to have happened in Bundaberg at the house of a friend of the alleged victim's grandmother while the second incident took place at the accused's home near Brisbane.

During her opening, Crown prosecutor Katrina Overell outlined the Crown's case against the accused.

She told the court the jury would hear evidence from the alleged victim, now aged 19, during a pre-recorded police interview that took place at Deception Point Police Station on January 21, 2014.

Ms Overell said the jury would hear that the alleged victim had fallen asleep on a couch at her grandmother's friend's house and awoke to find the accused indecently touching her.

The girl then told police that when her brother, who was playing a video game, realised she was awake, he invited her to come and play the game with him.

Later, when the video was played for the jury, it heard the second alleged incident happened when the family was visiting the accused's home near Brisbane.

During the pre-recorded police interview, the alleged victim said she woke up early and went to the kitchen.

She said the accused was eating breakfast when she went to hug him and he allegedly touched her indecently.

The alleged victim said she tried to pull away but the accused grabbed her hand and said "let's lie down on the couch".

At this point the girl said she successfully pulled away from the accused and ran to her room.

Ms Overell said the jury would also hear that the mother of the alleged victim went back to Deception Point Police Station on March 3, 2014 and took part in a taped call with the accused.

"The prosecution needs that call because on the Crown case it contains admissions by the defendant," Ms Overell said.

The trial continues.


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