The crown expects the jury to hear evidence that some of the girls said the teacher who allegedly touched them was wearing glasses.
Nicholls said the jury should consider when Daniels started wearing goggles in the pool and whether it affected his vision at any point compared to when the alleged touching was said to have taken place.
The attorney asked that they “closely examine the reliability of the complainants’ versions,” whether they met the high standard of evidence beyond reasonable doubt, and “what influence, if any, the parents and/or media had on the complaint.”
He expects one applicant’s evidence to include that her father “wouldn’t stop asking about it”.
Nicholls said Daniels “was paraded from his home in handcuffs” and walked 50 to 60 yards down the street while being filmed by someone from the police media unit, who relayed the vision to the media.
“In these circumstances, we have all these parents who naturally say, ‘This is my daughter’s swimming teacher,'” the lawyer said. “You will see during this process how worried they keep asking their children, ‘What happened?'”
Nicholls said the evidence for all but one girl was a “fleeting” touch that lasted one, two or three seconds. He said for most, if not all, girls, “their first impression is that it was a fluke.”
Crown Prosecutor Tony McCarthy said that a 10-year-old girl linked to four counts of sexual touching described the alleged behavior on the outside of her bathing suit as “strange” and “awkward” in pre-recorded evidence.
He said another complainant, who said her teacher “looked kind of like a nerd,” said it felt like he was “trying to fix her swimmers” and that she was confused because “she didn’t know.” why he would do it the way she did fine”.
McCarthy said a seven-year-old girl told police the defendant would grab her bathing suit if she did the backstroke or “torpedo” and “it upset her.”
In a police interview played to the jury Tuesday afternoon, one complainant said she felt “really uncomfortable” and “didn’t like it” when her teacher laid his hands on her, and appreciated that he “didn’t hold her for that long.” , probably two minutes”.
The seven-year-old said a picture of the teacher with glasses hung at the entrance to the swimming center. She said she “didn’t know his name that well,” but it could have been something like Reece, and agreed with the suggestion that she’d guess.
The girl said she told her mother after the swim, and her mother asked if she wanted to change the day of her classes. “And I said yes… because I didn’t want him to hold me like that again,” she said.
The trial before Judge Kara Shead continues.
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https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/mosman-swim-coach-absolutely-denies-abuse-of-nine-girls-jury-told-20220816-p5ba79.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_national_nsw Kyle Daniels “absolutely” denies nine girls were molested, the jury said