ON TRIAL: Convicted rapist Christopher John McCoy, 21, of Kingsthorpe is accused of raping two brothers.
ON TRIAL: Convicted rapist Christopher John McCoy, 21, of Kingsthorpe is accused of raping two brothers.

Mum told son to 'say stuff' about accused rapist, court told

A MOTHER told one of her son's to "say stuff" about a man accused of raping him and his younger brother to ensure he was prosecuted and to get a victims of crime a payout, a court has heard.

Christopher McCoy has pleaded not guilty to 19 child sex offences against the siblings including nine counts of rape and eight counts of indecent treatment of a child under the age of 12.

The youngest brother was aged seven, and the eldest was aged between eight and nine at the time of the alleged abuse.

The older brother of both boys today gave testimony in Maroochydore District Court that his former best friend, Mr McCoy, was "like a father" to the younger victim, who he has previously been convicted of raping.

He told of how the elder victim, his younger brother, asked that he accompany him to a counselling session in January 2013 at Laurel House rather than their mother so he could "speak free for himself".

The boy had begun counselling after it came to light his younger brother had been abused by Mr McCoy.

"Our mother tends to speak for us kids," the witness told the court.

"(He said) that mum was telling him to say stuff to make sure Chris got prosecuted."

The witness then agreed the mother had told his brother he needed to "say these things" about the accused to get a victims of crime payout.

He told the court he used to be "best friends" with Mr McCoy and that the youngest alleged victim spent every day with his rapist.

He said he could not recall a time when the elder sibling - whose evidence is the basis of these latest charges - and Mr McCoy were alone, though there were times when Mr McCoy was alone with both siblings.

Pre-recorded evidence given by the elder siblings' sister was played in court, and the boys' mother also gave evidence.

The investigating officer was due to give evidence this afternoon before the defence and prosecution gave their closing statements.



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