|The judge said he disclosed the potential disturbing aspect of the trial so that any jurors who might have difficulty in being impartial could ask not to sit on the case.|
Four women immediately indicated they did not want to sit as jurors on the trial and they were discharged by Judge Durward without seeking any explanation from them.
Eventually, a jury of six women and six men was sworn in. Before the court is an Andergrove stepfather, 32, who can not be identified by law, and who pleaded guilty to child cruelty by failing to provide necessary care for his four-year-old stepdaughter between June 1 and September 26 last year. He will be sentenced for that offence at the end of his current trial.
He pleaded not guilty yesterday to two charges of assault causing bodily harm and two charges of causing grievous bodily harm to the same child between June and September last year.
The trial was adjourned until today and no allegations were read out in court.
However, Crown prosecutor Peter Smid told the jury they would be hearing evidence from 11 witnesses, including three specialists from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, the grandmother and aunty of the child, the mother of the child, and two police investigators.
The witnesses are expected to start testifying today and the trial is expected to last several days.