Frank Pardon leaves Maroochydore Court.
Frank Pardon leaves Maroochydore Court.

Pardon trial: Defence claim drunk witness, hypnosis effect

MEMORY-altering hypnotherapy, a drunk witness and "inconsistent" stories are enough to prove Noosa councillor Frank Pardon not guilty to a string of child sex offences, his defence barrister said.

Pardon's barrister, Andrew Hoare asked the jury to "think of the position he's been put in" as he summed up the case on day five of the 70-year-old's trial more than 20 years after the alleged crimes.

Pardon pleaded not guilty to 11 sexual-related charges against a 14-year-old girl in the 1990s. He is alleged to have touched and kissed the teenager, as well as performed oral sex, at her workplace, in his car and at his home across four months.

The jury heard Pardon strongly deny all accusations of sexual acts when he took the stand today, labelling the claims "rubbish" or booming "absolutely not" into the microphone.

Crown prosecutor Greg Cummings pressed Pardon about a recorded conversation where he tells his alleged victim he would have left his wife for her in a "damning admission".

The conversation was recorded in 2016 and formed part of the official police investigation.

Pardon defended his words saying it was merely a "term of endearment" he told hundreds of women. He told the court he knew it was "cheeky".

Pardon can also be heard in the recording talking of his "resistance" in "intimate" moments with his alleged victim.

Under cross-examination by Mr Cummings, Pardon said he was referring to resistance in a moment where the alleged victim and her friend were in his car in bikinis.

"Two girls in the car in bikinis … that takes a bit of resistance," he said.

In one of the charges, Pardon is alleged to have touched and performed oral sex while on this car ride after a day of swimming at a pool. He strongly denied any suggestion the acts ever occurred.

Mr Hoare summarised the defence case this afternoon, which relied on evidence from a hypnotherapy expert who claimed memories could be altered while under a trance.

The alleged victim sought hypnotherapy in 2006 to deal with binge eating, smoking and anxiety. She reported the alleged crimes years later.

"There was no detail of the allegations until after she is hypnotised," he said.

Mr Hoare claimed another witness, and friend of the alleged victim, should be discredited as she was drunk when she watched "Frank kiss" the woman and fondle under her skirt at the alleged victim's workplace.

The witness previously told the jury the alcohol did not impact her memory and it was a mutual act.

Mr Hoare also picked holes in the alleged victim's evidence saying her story did not add up with other witnesses, including Pardon's ex-wife and her sister.

Prosecution will conclude their summary tomorrow morning before the jury retires to reach a verdict.