Max Sica pleads not guilty to sex offences

CONVICTED-murderer Max Sica has pleaded not guilty to 21 sex offences, including the rape of a young girl.

Sica was found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her two siblings in Brisbane in 2003.

As a result of the highly-publicised murder trial, Sica has been granted a judge-only trial for sex offences he pleaded not guilty to in the Brisbane District Court on Monday.

The Crown alleges Sica had sex with a family friend and maintained an unlawful relationship with her between 2004 and 2008.

The victim was aged between nine and 13 at the time of the offences.

Crown Prosecutor Todd Fuller said the victim's mother had befriended the Sica family after divorcing her husband in 2004.

Sica is accused of having sex with the victim on numerous occasions including when they were home alone, at a friend's empty house and when the victim's mother was at work.

One on occasion, the victim alleges she and Sica had sex while Sica's son was playing on a computer in the adjacent room.

On other occasions, the pair allegedly had sex in a park and the victim performed oral sex on Sica.

Police became involved after the victim told her friends at school she was in a relationship with a 39-year-old man.Mr Fuller said her school friends told a nurse, who told a child safety officer who told police.

The victim told police she did not realise her alleged sexual relationship with Sica was wrong and she had feelings for him.

"...She did not want him to go to jail," Mr Fuller told the court.

Sica's barrister, Sam Di Carlo, said he had been presented with new medical evidence he needed time to consider.

The court heard a medical examination of the victim revealed her hymen had not been entered. Mr Di Carlo said medical evidence regarding the girl's virginity was central to his case.

The trial has been adjourned until Wednesday so the defence can assess the new evidence.



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