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'Filthy scumbag pigs' turned on me, torture acquitted says

A man, whose identity has been suppressed by the courts, pleaded not guilty to torturing children.
A man, whose identity has been suppressed by the courts, pleaded not guilty to torturing children. Darren England/AAP

A MAN acquitted of four child torture charges says his co-accused "became filthy scumbag pigs" after he had helped them.

A jury found the 58-year-old man not guilty late on Thursday of the offences against four children aged four to 12.

"I am so happy that I am innocent and not a guilty person like the rest," the man said outside Brisbane District Court.

He was referring to other adults who were charged and sentenced at different hearings over the children's treatment.

"I didn't do what they did it all ... people like that want to sh*t on you after you've helped them," he said

The accused man said one of the adults was a "mate" he had tried to help.

The jury delivered its verdict on two charges about 3pm on Thursday, relating to torture allegations against a boy aged 12 with an intellectual disability and his sister, aged five.

The Crown had alleged these children were made to run in south-east Queensland forests and told to keep up with a car.

Adults would "hold onto" the children's hair or their arms and "force" them to run beside moving cars for up to 5km, the jury was told.

They heard a girl collapsed by a road during one session.

A unanimous decision on charges of torture against two other children, both girls, could not be reached after some five hours of deliberation.

About 90 minutes later, the jury of 12 reached a not guilty verdict relating to the man's treatment of a four year-old girl.

The remaining not guilty verdict, relating to the treatment of a five year-old girl, came about 5.30pm. It was not unanimous, meaning only 11 out of 12 jurors agreed.

The trial began on August 1 and heard that girl repeatedly soiled herself and was kept in a room with the door handle removed.

Judge David Kent told the jury torturous intent "has to exist at the same time as the other elements of torture" for the charges to be proved.

During the trial, defence counsel Simon Hamlyn-Harris said the man tried to help the other adults deal with difficulties including the children's behaviour.

"He knows what he did to these children was wrong," prosecutor Victoria Trafford-Walker told the jury. - NewsRegional

News Corp Australia

Topics:  brisbane district court elimbah jury trial simon hamlyn-harris torture trial victoria trafford-walker


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