Volk­ers to stand trial

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

FOR­MER top Aus­tralian swim­ming coach Scott Volk­ers has been com­mit­ted to stand trial over a string of his­tor­i­cal child sex of­fences.

The prom­i­nent in­struc­tor is fac­ing five counts of in­de­cent treat­ment of girls un­der the age of 16.

Volk­ers is ac­cused of in­de­cently deal­ing with two girls in the north­ern Bris­bane sub­urbs of As­p­ley and Bald Hills dur­ing the 1980s.

The swim­ming coach ap­peared in Bris­bane Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day where he was com­mit­ted to stand trial.

He did not en­ter a plea and made no com­ment as he left.

Al­leged vic­tim Julie Gilbert, who gave per­mis­sion to be iden­ti­fied, said it had been an ex­cit­ing but hard day.

“We’ve waited 15 years for this ... and all we’ve ever wanted is our day in court,” she said.

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