Girl’s sex-note claims ‘illogical’, lawyers say

LAWYERS for a former Fraser Coast police liaison officer have argued a teenage girl's claims he tried to procure her to do indecent acts for him at Caboolture were illogical.

The girl, in a recorded police video shown in Brisbane District Court on Wednesday, described how Vincent Michael Terare, 44, did not want to ask out loud so he allegedly wrote his request on a piece of paper, in return for not revealing a secret the girl wanted to conceal.

Judge Michael Shanahan, in his closing submissions to the jury on Thursday, said Terare's lawyers had argued the alleged note was never found and the girl's story had many inconsistencies that should create doubt about her credibility.

He said the Crown had argued the girl was credible, questioning why, if the story had been made up, she would suggest such a tangible piece of evidence as a note.

The court had previously heard the girl refused to perform the alleged act, saying "I can't do that, it's not right".

The girl told police Terare was okay with her answer, ripped up the piece of paper and put it in a bin.

She said he then asked, if she would not do that, whether she would just lie on top of him for a while or open her legs so he could see under her dress and then masturbate.

The girl said she refused each subsequent request.

Terare has pleaded not guilty to three counts of trying to procure a child under 16 to do an indecent act.

The jury is deliberating the case and the matter is expected to return to court on Friday.


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