A Mullaloo grandfather claims allegations he molested two young girls almost 30 years ago are "lies" and told police one alleged victim had a crush on him, but described the other as "evil", a Perth jury heard today.
The 71-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is fighting 10 child sex abuse charges at a District Court trial.
The jury was told today the man allegedly molested two girls - one his daughter's school friend and the other his next-door neighbour - between 1984 and 1990.
The prosecutor alleged the offences happened at the accused's house and included sexual touching under a blanket during movies or late at night during sleepovers.
Jurors heard after one alleged incident the accused warned the victim if she told anyone about what had happened he would kill her cat.
The prosecutor told jurors after having sex with the same girl he told her he had done it because she was pretty and had a good body.
During the period of alleged offending, the two girls were aged between six and 12.
The court heard police started investigating the accused in 2011 following a report from one of the alleged victims.
The accused mentioned the second alleged victim to police, prompting them to investigate further.
The jury was told during the accused's interviews with police, he denied any sexual contact with the girls and said one of them had a crush on him and had come on to him.
When talking about the second alleged victim, the accused referred to her as "evil".
The accused's lawyer Seamus Rafferty said his client's defence was simple - the alleged acts never happened.
He said his client, a father-of-three and a grandfather, had no idea why the two women had made the allegations, but he did not have to prove "why the lies are being told".
Mr Rafferty suggested the two complainants would not be credible witnesses, with implausibilities and inconsistencies expected in their evidence.
He said other children used to go over to his client's house.
The accused has been charged with nine counts of indecent dealing with a child under 13 and one count of unlawful carnal knowledge of a child.The trial continues.
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