Swimming coach jailed for touching girls on bail for appeal

A SWIMMING coach who was jailed for indecently touching two young girls during lessons has been granted bail ahead of his foreshadowed appeal.

The 50-year-old man, who has been a coach for 25 years, has been banned from his profession as a condition of bail until his case is heard in the Queensland Court of Appeal in late August.

He was found guilty after a trial of indecently treating the girls, aged nine and 10, in lane eight at the Corinda pool last year.

The jury convicted on three of five counts.

The man was sentenced to 12 months jail, suspended on August 28 after he has served four months.

Justice Ann Lyons said, in Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday, said there were several hundred school students as well as teachers, parents and 26 pool staff at the Corinda pool that day.

She said she had concerns about the verdicts and the trial judge's directions, noting the man would serve most of his sentence before the appeal date.

"I am concerned in relation to the verdict. In my view there are arguable grounds in relation to an appeal," she said.

"I am concerned there is not clear logic in the verdicts of the jury."

Justice Lyons said the jury saw evidence from one of the girls a second time following a request.

She said she was concerned about the influence of that repetition without the judge also summarising the evidence from the swimming coach, who testified he did not commit the offences.


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