Couple stand trial for indecent dealing with disabled teen
A MACKAY region couple accused of dealing indecently with a teenaged woman with an impaired mind have been committed to stand trial in the District Court.
The husband and wife, aged in their 40s, cannot be named to protect the identity of the alleged victim.
The man is charged with four counts of unlawful carnal knowledge, two counts of permitting a person with an impaired mind to indecently deal and three counts of wilful and unlawful exposure of a person with an impaired mind to an indecent act.
The woman is charged with two counts of exposure of a person with an impaired mind to an indecent act, one of indecent dealing with a person with an impaired mind and one of permitting a person with an impaired mind to indecently deal.
All the alleged crimes were committed on unknown dates between March 1 and December 31 last year.
During a committal hearing in the Mackay Magistrates Court today, a paediatrician who treated the teenager between 2004 and 2013 gave evidence.
Dr Michael Williams said that in 2009, the then pre-teen had been diagnosed with a severe intellectual disability, with an extremely low IQ range of 59 to 71.
He said she would be capable of learning to read and write to a Year 2 or 3 level. She also suffered ADHD and had been prescribed Ritalin.
Scott McLennan, defence barrister for the accused man, asked Dr Williams whether the woman would be capable of saying no to sex.
The doctor replied that she would be capable, but that "she would just as easily be manipulated or misguided" due to her intellectual impairment and impulsivity.
Defence barrister Phillip Moore, for the accused woman, asked whether the alleged victim had been a bully at school.
Dr Williams said she had been bullied and those incidents were often a "two-way street".
When asked whether the young woman had shown "very forthright antisocial behaviour at school", Dr Williams replied yes, the woman had shown a "lack of empathy" for others.
A second doctor, who had assessed the woman for a disability pension application, also testified.
Dr David Parker testified that during the assessment he'd noted that the woman appeared "simple" and "could be easily led".
Mr McLennan asked whether the doctor had interacted with a man who'd been present at the consultation.
He said he'd asked the man whether he was a relative, and he'd replied that he was a friend of the woman.
Both defence barristers consented to a hand-up committal.
Magistrate Scott Luxton ordered the man and woman to stand trial at the next available District Court sittings.
They are on bail.