ON TRIAL: Goat breeder Laurie John Cotic, 60, pleaded not guilty this week in Ipswich District Court to three counts of indecent treatment of a child.
ON TRIAL: Goat breeder Laurie John Cotic, 60, pleaded not guilty this week in Ipswich District Court to three counts of indecent treatment of a child.

Jury to return tomorrow to decide child molestation case

UPDATE: A jury has spent more than six hours in deliberations to determine whether a well-known Queensland goat breeder is guilty of molesting a young boy at a barbecue.

Laurie John Cotic, 60, pleaded not guilty this week in Ipswich District Court to three counts of indecent treatment of a child.

The court heard the offences occurred on January 3, 2015, during a barbecue he was invited to in the Lockyer Valley.

The jury will resume its deliberations tomorrow morning.

 

EARLIER: A goat breeder faces an anxious wait while a jury determines whether he molested a young boy at a barbecue.

Laurie John Cotic, 60, pleaded not guilty this week in Ipswich District Court to three counts of indecent treatment of a child.

The court heard the alleged offences occurred on January 3, 2015, during a barbeque he was invited to at an address in the Lockyer Valley.

Mr Cotic is accused of isolating the boy, offering him some wine before grabbing the boy's hand and thrusting it down his pants.

The two-day trial heard Mr Cotic also attempted to put his own hand down the young boy's pants telling him "Well you touched mine so it is only fair I get to touch yours."

The boy's mother broke down giving evidence on Tuesday when she relived the moment her son told her Mr Cotic had molested him.

She said at some stage after dinner she noticed her son and Mr Cotic returning together from another section of the house.

"My son looked at me and I could see the fear in his eyes," she said.

"I asked him what was wrong and he said he needed to speak with me privately.

"I went into the bathroom with him and he broke down and told me what happened.

"He was crying hysterically and said Laurie had touched him.

"All I could do was give him a hug to make him feel secure because he was petrified."

The boy's mother said she then returned to the living room where all the guests had congregated.

She said she noticed Mr Cotic and his partner Danny Griffiths were preparing to leave.

"After they left I spoke to my husband about what had occurred," she said.

"Our main priority was comforting our son who was still terrified."

"We then called the police because we did not know what else to do."

The trial before Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren continues.


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