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Swim teacher Kyle Daniels recruits Lindt Cafe siege barrister to fight child sex abuse charges

by ZwemZa on February 12th, 2020

Kyle Daniels worked as a swimming instructor in Mosman before being arrested. (AAP Images: Peter Rae)

The high-profile criminal barrister recruited by a Sydney swimming teacher charged with dozens of child sex offences has accused prosecutors of potentially delaying his trial.

Key points:

  • Gabrielle Bashir has worked on several big cases and the Sydney siege coronial inquest
  • Kyle Daniels was joined in court by a small group of friends and family
  • Prosecutors were accused of being too slow to hand over documents

Kyle Daniels, 21, is accused of sexually assaulting eight girls, some as young as six, when he worked as a coach at the Mosman Swim Centre from June 2018 to March 2019.

He has pleaded not guilty to 26 child sexual offences and will stand trial later this year.

Gabrielle Bashir SC told a case management hearing in the Sydney District Court today that she had only recently “come on board” as Mr Daniels’ lawyer.

Ms Bashir is an experienced criminal barrister from Forbes Chambers and has appeared in several high-profile Sydney cases.

She also represented the family of Lindt Cafe manager Tori Johnson at the Sydney siege coronial inquest.

Gabrielle Bashir SC has been recruited by Kyle Daniels. (Supplied: Forbes Chambers)

Ms Bashir told the District Court prosecutors were potentially delaying her client’s trial by being too slow to hand over documents related to the case.

Mr Daniels, who is on bail, was present in court with a small group of family and friends but did not comment outside.

His alleged victims are aged from six to 11 and are expected to give evidence through pre-recorded interviews before his trial begins.

Mr Daniels’ charges include sexual intercourse with a child under 10 and intentionally sexually touching a child under 10 years.

He is currently under a strict curfew and banned from going near children as part of his bail conditions.

The matter will be back in court later this month.

Jamelle Wells | ABC News

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