Allegations were made by the accused’s young step-sister that he had committed indecent acts on her. Josh Taaffe represented the accused at committal and at trial in the Melbourne County Court. The accused was facing a charge of Indecent Act with a child under 16. The allegations were made in the context of ongoing custody issues between the parents of the complainant.
The offending was alleged to have occurred in the most public areas of the house, when it could easily have been discovered. Many of the alleged features of the offending were bizarre and made no sense. These aspects were highlighted in cross-examination and the closing address. The accused gave evidence and denied the offences.
The Jury returned their verdict in 40 minutes and the accused was found not guilty of all charges.
As an instructing solicitor Josh has specialised in handling complex matters, such as murder and terrorism trials, including State and Commonwealth Supreme Court trials. Josh is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist.
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