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Court hears goat breeder allegedly fondled boy at barbecue

ON TRIAL: Laurie John Cotic has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
ON TRIAL: Laurie John Cotic has pleaded not guilty to the charges. TOM THREADINGHAM

A WELL-known goat breeder used a festive season gathering to allegedly lure a young boy into a dark room where he sexually abused him.

Laurie John Cotic, 60, pleaded not guilty on Monday 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 party he was invited to at an address in the Lockyer Valley.

Crown prosecutor Peter O'Connor told the court Mr Cotic knew the young boy's parents in a professional capacity.

He said the boy's parents invited Mr Cotic and his long-term partner, Danny Griffiths, to a barbeque where the alleged offences took place.

"At one stage during the evening Mr Cotic and the boy were involved in some horseplay," he said. "You will hear Mr Cotic's partner witnessed this horseplay and told the boy to grab Mr Cotic on the penis.

"Shortly afterwards, Mr Cotic asked the boy to show him where his room was in the house and the boy, thinking nothing of it took him there."

Mr O'Connor said Mr Cotic then offered the boy some wine before grabbing his hand and thrusting it down his pants.

He said the interaction was only brief before the boy managed to escape.

"He made the boy fondle his penis before trying to put his own hand down the boy's pants, but the boy resisted," he said. "Mr Cotic said 'Well you touched mine so it is only fair I get to touch yours' or words to that effect."

Mr O'Connor said the boy left the room and immediately went and told his mother what had happened.

He said police were called shortly after Mr Cotic and his partner left the party.

The court was played a recording of the boy's hour-long police interview conducted the following day.

In the interview the young boy recalled to police the events of the night before.

"He grabbed my hand and put it down his pants," the boy said. "He told me it was okay but I just froze.

"I told my mum what happened and both my parent's told me they were extremely proud I told them what happened straight away."

The trial before Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren is expected to last three days and will hear from six witnesses
 

Topics:  indecent treatment of a child, ipswich crime, ipswich district court



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