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Jury sees Police video interview with man charged with sex attack

A man accused of a sex attack on a five-year-old girl said he was at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute (MWI) the morning of the offence.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told police in a videotaped interview he spent his morning smoking cigarettes and talking to friends on the hospital premises.

The man is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a young person in an attack that allegedly happened last July.

Yesterday a Supreme Court jury heard the man, who suffers from schizophrenia, was an out-patient at MWI. He was responsible for checking in with his case worker every weekday, and would be taken to and from the hospital by his father.

His father, who was present for the police interview, told officers his son was fine most days and when taking medication functioned like an ordinary person. Police asked the accused to recall what he was doing that day.

He said: “Since I got out the car for my father to take me to MWI I went inside and then I went to go and check for my case worker. He wasn't there so I went past the cafeteria to go out and smoke a cigarette.

“I was smoking cigarettes for most of the day, just talking to people. Just smoking, walking, using the bathroom a few times. I spent my time up until lunch time just doing that.”

The man, who has been a MWI patient since 2005, said his case worker would meet with him regularly to talk about how he was doing, whether he had been keeping out of trouble, if he was taking his medication and his relationship with his father.

He said he was later confronted by police in regards to the attack. “I was just confused because I wanted to know what had happened because I know I didn't do anything. I just wanted to know what happened, what the situation was.”

The man admitted to switching his black G-Unit T-shirt with a navy shirt from another MWI patient, Mr X.

His father said this wasn't unusual behaviour as he had done that in the past.

The court also heard from MWI clinic unit manager Christopher Tuckett. He said he confiscated a green basketball jersey, which the five-year-old victim said her attacker was wearing, from Mr X.

The defendant told police in his interview that the shirt had belonged to him but he had given it to Mr X at an earlier date.

Detective Constable Adrian Jones, one of the arresting officers, told the court the defendant was about 5ft 7in and wore dark-coloured jeans on the day of the offence.

The court has previously heard the victim describe the man as wearing blue jeans and being “tall like her daddy”. The victim's father is approximately 6ft.

Det Con Jones said the victim's statement required some “independent interpretation”.

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Published March 15, 2011 at 10:00 am (Updated March 15, 2011 at 10:16 am)

Jury sees Police video interview with man charged with sex attack

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