Accused: ‘All I remember was being in the lunch room'
A man accused of sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl said he had no memory of where he was at the time of the attack.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told a Supreme Court jury yesterday he was dropped off to Mid Atlantic Wellness Institute (MWI) to meet with staff around 9am.
The out patient, who suffers from schizophrenia, said after waiting for his case worker for ten to 15 minutes, he then took part in an hour long group session.
After the session he went to the cafeteria for a few minutes to talk with friends, but he couldn't remember what he did after that. “I can't remember nothing after that. All I remember was me being in the lunch room. I can't remember what time I was in the lunch room. I had no clue.”
The man is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a young person in an attack that happened last July.
Prosecutor Robert Welling accused the man of trying to create an alibi and said: “Between the cafeteria or lunch break you have no memory of who you were with. You have no recollection of where you went and you have no recollection of what you were doing.”
The court already heard from a witness who saw the defendant on the morning of the incident over by a grassy field.
Yesterday the man denied ever being in that area and told the court he stayed on MWI premises for the entire day.
He said he was responsible for checking in with his case worker on weekdays and would be picked up and dropped off to the hospital by his father around 1pm. According to the victim's description her attacker was wearing a green shirt, blue jeans and was “tall like my daddy”. Her father is approximately 6ft; the defendant is approximately 5ft 7in, according to Detective Constable Adrian Jones.
The court heard yesterday the defendant arrived at MWI wearing a black G-Unit T-shirt and black jeans, but later swapped clothes with another out-patient.
Defence lawyer Ken Savoury asked why he had changed clothes and the man said: “Basically because he is a homeless guy. He doesn't really have that much clothes so I told him I want to help him out.”
The man's father told the court yesterday he had swapped clothes with people in the past. The case continues today before Chief Justice Richard Ground.