IN COURT: Retiree accused of flashing child
A RETIREE arrested for allegedly flashing a child inside a Maryborough shop claims he didn't mean for the young girl to see his genitals, a court heard.
Edward Jeremy Liddicoat, 72, is charged with one count of indecent treatment of a child (exposure) over the incident alleged to have happened on May 11 inside a store on Kent St.
On Monday, Mr Liddicoat - who has no criminal history - was committed to stand trial in the District Court on the matter.
It's alleged a young girl "caught a glimpse of his penis", Maryborough Magistrates Court heard.
Police prosecutor Kathryn Stagoll said prior to the reveal, Mr Liddicoat made coughing noises which the young girl interpreted as him trying to get her attention, causing her to turn around.
"She turned around and at that point, she's seen his penis that was exposed to her," Sgt Stagoll said.
"It was not totally accidental."
But Mr Liddicoat's lawyer John Willett said his client is diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and coughs regularly as a result.
Mr Willett denied allegations that Mr Liddicoat's coughing was orchestrated to get the attention of the child.
"He will, and has, taken these proceedings seriously," Mr Willett said.
Mr Liddicoat's initial bail condition instructed him to not have contact with any children.
The condition was changed on Thursday, instead ordering the Caloundra West resident to just not have contact with the alleged victim.