Teenage girl faces new trial after alleged abuser’s rape conviction quashed


Queensland court finds a ‘miscarriage of justice’ led to the jailing of Michael Joseph Coss, who was accused of raping the girl at the age of 10

A teenage girl faces having to testify a second time over her claim that she was raped at the age of 10 after the conviction of her alleged abuser was quashed.

The Queensland court of appeal has ordered a retrial because the judge failed to tell the jury in the case that the apparent absence of a motive for the girl to lie did not mean she was truthful.

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