Fall found guilty of child sex offences

GUILTY VERDICT: Richard William Fall has been found guilty by an Ipswich jury of five child sex offences, including rape.
GUILTY VERDICT: Richard William Fall has been found guilty by an Ipswich jury of five child sex offences, including rape.

ALL Richard William Fall could do was shake his head in disbelief after an Ipswich jury found him guilty of five child sex offences, including rape.

"I didn't do it," the Churchable trainer protested after hearing the verdict. "How could this happen?"

Fall had maintained his innocence since being charged with the crimes, last year.

At Ipswich District Court this week, he pleaded not guilty to four counts of indecent treatment of a child under 12 and one count of rape, which led to a three-day trial.

With no physical evidence to go on, jurors were left to decide who they believed: Fall or the 10-year-old girl who accused him of the sexual abuse.

The offences against the girl, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, allegedly took place between February and May, 2014.

The crux of the prosecution's case relied on testimony from the girl.

The court heard that Fall had met the girl, after she and her family moved into a house nearby.

For about four to six weeks, the girl had been helping Fall and his partner with their greyhounds on their property. In turn he paid her $5 a day in pocket money.

The offending began during a night in March, 2014, when the girl stayed over at Fall's house so that she could watch one of the greyhounds give birth.

She said Fall, 45, had grabbed her that night, told the girl he loved her and tried to kiss her.

Fall continued to molest the girl on other occasions and showed her pornographic videos on his phone.

His offending escalated when Fall digitally raped the girl.

During the trial, Fall took the stand to flatly deny the accusations against him, which he described as "absolutely false".

Judge Sarah Bradley gave a summary of the evidence at the court yesterday morning before the jury was sent to deliberate.

Judge Bradley told the jury they would have to decide who was telling the truth.

"On one hand, you have the girl's allegations and on the other hand, you have the defendant's denials," she said.

It took the jury six hours to convict Fall on each count he faced. Fall continued to protest his innocence as he was escorted out of the courtroom by police to the watchhouse.

His sentencing will take place this morning.

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