A 10-year-old boy has described physical contact with a female teacher accused of committing indecent acts with a child under 16 as “weird”.
Crown prosecutor Patrick Bourke yesterday recounted evidence by the complainant — given in a closed court — during final addresses in the trial of Hamilton mother-of-eight Diane Marie Brimble, 47.
Ms Brimble has pleaded not guilty in the Warrnambool County Court to six charges, including five counts of committing an indecent act with a child aged under 16 years and one count of using a telecommunications device to groom a child.
Mr Bourke went through each of the charges and claimed Ms Brimble told the boy she loved him, called him her boyfriend, said she wanted to sleep with the boy and have sex with him, offered him vodka, showed him a suitcase which contained sex toys and exposed her breast to him.
He said the boy claimed Ms Brimble changed her behaviour towards him and he didn’t like her as much because she was saying “weird things”.
The prosecutor said the boy had withstood cross-examination and was adamant he was telling the truth and Ms Brimble was lying.
Mr Bourke said there was other evidence indicated that Ms Brimble had feelings or an infatuation for the boy.
The evidence included a tattoo Ms Brimble had designed and got which said “Love for ...”, the boy’s name with an infinity symbol. She also wrote letters, poetry and sent other messages to him.
The prosecutor said Ms Brimble had a framed photograph of the boy on her bedside table, his image was her mobile phone screen saver, there were three photos of the boy in her wallet, more than 20 photos of him on her mobile phone and she had a photo of the boy in a locket.
Mr Bourke said Ms Brimble told police she wore a pipe cleaner ring given to her by the boy and that she took it off but decided to put it back on because she couldn’t leave it off. The prosecutor said all that evidence, including the tattoo, was “pretty extreme stuff” and when the boy moved schools Ms Brimble tried to enrol her own children there.
Barrister Jennifer Clark said Ms Brimble denied doing anything indecent or sexual and explained her client had taken on a mothering role to assist the boy when he was upset by his family’s issues.
Ms Clark will continue her closing address today before Judge Mark Taft gives his charge and the jury retires to consider a verdict.