High Court of Australia

Douglass v The Queen [2012] HCA 34

86 ALJR 1086; 290 ALR 699

11 Sep 2012

Case Number: A17/2012


French CJ, Hayne, Crennan, Kiefel, Bell JJ


Criminal law – Evidence – Trial by judge alone – Appellant convicted of aggravated indecent assault of granddaughter ("CD") – CD aged three years at time of alleged offence – Appellant gave sworn evidence denying offence – CD's unsworn statement only evidence of offence – Trial judge did not record any finding respecting appellant's evidence – Whether reasons sufficient to make clear appellant's evidence rejected beyond reasonable doubt – Whether CD's evidence reliable – Whether evidence sufficient to prove offence beyond reasonable doubt.

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