Upset mother storms out of court hearing into alleged sex predator swim coach, 22, over questioning about the notes she made after her daughter confided she’d been ‘touched’
- Kyle James Henk Daniels, 22, pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting nine girls
- The swimming teacher from Mosman, Sydney, was arrested back in March 2019
- Mother of one girl walked out of the courtroom in an emotional state on Tuesday
- She became ‘upset’ at the line of questioning from Daniels’ barrister Les Nicholls
- Her daughter, 7, claimed she was sexually assaulted while sitting on Daniels lap
Kyle James Henk Daniels, 22, has pleaded not guilty to 26 charges relating to allegations he sexually assaulted nine girls in 2018 and 2019
The mother of a young girl allegedly sexually assaulted by her swimming teacher has walked out of a court hearing early, after a tense exchange with the defendant’s lawyer.
Kyle James Henk Daniels, 22, has pleaded not guilty to 26 charges relating to allegations he sexually assaulted nine girls at the Mosman Swimming Centre, on Sydney’s lower north shore, in 2018 and 2019.
The mother of one of the young girls gave evidence in Downing Centre District Court on Tuesday and was asked about notes she had taken on the night she first heard the claims from her daughter.
But during questioning from Daniels’ defence barrister Les Nicholls she became ‘upset’ and asked Judge Kara Shead to adjourn for a sudden break.
‘How dare he,’ the woman could be heard to mutter.
The mother of one of Daniels’ alleged victim walked out of court early on Tuesday, after a tense exchange with the teacher’s lawyer (Daniels is pictured leaving court last week with his father James and defence solicitor Urania Zafiris)
In the moments before an early lunch break was called, the mother had been asked by Mr Nicholls about notes she provided to NSW Police about her conversation with her daughter.
She began a chat with her daughter about ‘what’s inappropriate… what makes you comfortable… what’s OK’ after seeing media reports of Daniels arrest.
‘I’ll never forget this, I was picking up the plates and taking them into the kitchen,’ the woman told the court.
‘(As) I was walking away… I asked: “He’s never made you uncomfortable has he?”
Her daughter’s response was that ‘she winced, squirmed, got really uncomfortable’.
‘She said: “Yeah”.
‘I was like… really taken aback’.
The court heard that after talking with her daughter in early March 2019, the woman had been left concerned and unable to sleep.
Around midnight she got up and made notes about their earlier conversation.
But the court heard that details she had included in her final police statement and in the evidence given to the court on Tuesday, were not mentioned in her initial notes.
The woman said at the time she penned the notes her ‘brain was on fire’, unlike when she wrote her police statement.
‘At that time I’m not writing for a courtroom, I’m writing for myself because I’ve got no one else,’ she said.
‘I’m freaking out, my daughter’s just told me she’s been touched by her swimming teacher.’
The woman then began to cry, wiped her eyes with tissues and requested the judge adjourn the court.
The girl claimed Daniels pushed her in the vagina ‘very hard and it hurt’, as she lay on her back in the water, holding a kickboard and swimming with her legs slightly apart
Downing Centre Local Court has been played a series of pre-recorded interviews from the nine alleged victims he taught at the Mosman Swim Centre, on Sydney’s lower north shore, in 2018 and 2019 (Pictured is a sketch of Daniels in court last week)
Earlier, the jury had been shown pre-recorded video of her daughter during a police interview with the child sex crimes squad.
That was followed by video of the pre-recorded cross examination of that evidence.
During her cross-examination from early 2020 – a year after she had given evidence to police in March 2019 – the girl became confused at the questioning and unsure at her earlier claims.
In her recorded interview with police, the girl told Detective Superintendent Emma Stewart that Daniels had ‘touched her inappropriately’.
She claimed that at the time, she was sitting on Daniels’ leg ‘because I was about to go into the water’.
The court last week heard that parents had raised concerns about Daniels’ behaviour to staff at Mosman Swim Centre (pictured) before police got invovled
But when Daniels’ former barrister Gabi Bashir later put it to the girl that her teacher had not touched her ‘private parts’, the girl became confused.
‘I agree. He didn’t touch my private parts but he did touch me,’ she said.
When asked if it was ‘the truth that nothing except swimming really happened in her swimming lessons’ the girl replied, ‘yes’.
The trial will continue on Wednesday.